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Dedicated curler throws ceremonial stone

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We're getting a look at Wausau's state of the art curling facility, as it's finally complete.

A ceremonial first rock throw and dedication took place today. Each stone one was hand-made and hand-painted, making every single one unique.
 
Curling leaders say that's just one thing that makes the curling facility world class.
 
When George Wolf is on the ice, he's at home.
 
"It goes back a long way, a lot of friends," Wolf said.
 
Wolf started curling in Wausau in 1965. Back then, things were a bit different.
 
That's when Wolf heard about the opportunity for a new curling facility. He didn't hesitate to break out the checkbook and get things rolling.
 
"I said, if you don't start now, you'll never get it accomplished," Wolf told Newsline 9.
 
Three years later, drawings became a reality. Wausau is now home to the largest curling facility in the nation. The project cost roughly $3 million and it was entirely funded by community donations, starting with Wolf.
 
Now, he's back at home on the ice, throwing the ceremonial stone.
 
Curling leaders say they expect this facility to bring national and international competitions to the area. That kind of exposure means big things for the local economy.
 
But, for Wolf he'll be watching from the sidelines, because this first throw will be his last.
 
"For a 90-year-old guy, that's close enough," Wolf said.
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