TOMAHAWK, RHINELANDER, MERRILL - Several Northwoods volleyball teams began their second season tonight. A year ago, the Tomahawk Hatchets earned their first trophy at state - the D-2 Runner-Up Crown. This season, despite a very different team, Hatchets back at it - but they will have new coach.
On Tuesday, Hatchets head coach Jen Pfannerstill stepped down - citing personal reasons. Jerry Angle takes over as head coach.
Tomahawk began their post season with a three games to none sweep over Lakeland on Thursday night. Tomahawk will face Mosinee in the regional final in Tomahawk Saturday night.
In Division One, Rhinelander took on River Falls. The Hodags kept the momentum of their first conference champion rolling. Rhinelander defeated River Falls three games to one.
Katie Burrell led Rhinelander with 20 kills. Taylor Wissbroecker added 17 kills. Katie's sister Lindsay had 48 assists. Rhinelander travels to Eau Claire North Saturday night.
Also in D-1, Merrill swept Wausau West in three games. Renee Sladek had 11 kills for Merrill. The Bluejays next face Wausau East on Saturday.
BOULDER JUNCTION - The New Auburn woman hospitalized from a crash earlier this week has died from her injuries.
It happened around 1 o'clock Tuesday on Hwy 51 at County Highway H in Manitowish Waters.
Fifty five-year-old Patty Hanson crashed her SUV into a gas tanker. The SUV flipped upside down in a marshy roadside ditch.
The semi truck driver was treated at the hospital and released shortly after. He told sheriff's deputies he was hauling 5-thousand gallons of gasoline. The Vilas County Sheriff's and Coroner's Offices and the State Patrol are still investigating.
In November 2006, nearly 60 percent of Wisconsin voters supported an amendment banning gay marriage.
Before Wisconsin lawmakers could consider a bill to allow gay marriage, voters would have to pass an amendment undoing the 2006 amendment language. But before that the Legislature would have to pass the amendment in two consecutive sessions.
RHINELANDER - Students around the Northwoods graduated today. One local graduate made history at Nicolet College.
"As a Nicolet Grad, not only will your education enhance you as an individual, but you will enhance the greater good of the Northwoods community as an educated citizen of our democracy," says Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster.
Hundreds of Nicolet College students walked across the stage after accomplishing their goal… earning a college degree. But one student was challenged in a way no other Nicolet graduate has experienced. Jeff Hedberg is legally blind.
"Other people can follow in my foot steps and do exactly what I did. They just need to put one foot in front of the other and believe that there are people out there that will give them a chance and opportunity," says Hedberg.
Jeff's wife Sylvia Hedberg Thomas says it all started a couple of years ago when her husband decided to go back to school. The director of disability service reached out to him to help build a plan that would ensure Jeff reached his goals.
"When Bob told Jeff everything that he would be able to do, Jeff's like 'You really think I can do that?' And I was sitting there going, 'Well yea. Of course you can," says Hedberg Thomas.
Everybody either has or will have a disability to some extent within their lifetime. Technology can and will help most of them get through the challenge of their situation," says Hedberg.
Even though Jeff's tutor Charmaine Jacques helped him out, she says she learned from him as well.
"I learned a little bit of brail from Jeff and I learned a lot about his software that he uses," says Jacques.
This isn't the last stop for Jeff. He plans to get his masters at Stout University.
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Neither Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. nor By Request Web Designs shall be responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.