Small Town Shooters May Boost Hoos

Joe Harris , from Chelan, is expected to have a big role for the Hoos.

Chelan sits in the upper reaches of Washington, a town in the shadows of the Cascades. Lake Chelan, the feature attraction, brings resort visitors to the pristine glacier-fed waters, creating a summer population boom. But make no mistake, Chelan is not a big city.

Nor is Merrill, Wisconsin. Situated near the banks of the Wisconsin and Prairie Rivers, the town’s roots run to days of logging and railroads. Only a few thousand more people live in Merrill today than nearly 150 years ago. It snowed in Merrill the first weekend of October, but it didn’t stick. So, like Chelan, Merrill isn’t a place bursting at the seams.