THREE LAKES - Saturday is the state cross country meet in Wisconsin Rapids. It's the 100th year of the meet meet, and the 40th for the girls.
Three Lakes junior Natalie Miller is making history too. She is the first sectional champion from Three Lakes High School.
Miller has won 8 of the 9 races she's competed in. She has battled back from an Avulsion Fracture suffered last year. Her tendon basically pulled off from her left hip.
On Friday, she was given a hero's send-off at the high school. Miller competes in the D-3 girls race. She's competing at state for the second time in three seasons. She is also winning in the classroom. She has a 4.0 and is considering several options including work in either biology or outdoor education.
The state meet is Saturday at the Rdiges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Races begin with the D-3 boys event at 11 a.m. That's followed by the D-2 (11:40 a.m.) and D-1 boys (12:20 p.m.).
The D-3 girls get underway at (1 p.m.). D-2 girls compete at (1:40 p.m.) and D-1 events at (2:20 p.m.).
Victim from Tuesday's SUV, Tanker Crash Dies from Injuries
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.
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