LA CROSSE - Shredding, carving, basically tearing up the hill... that's what the Hodag snowboarding team did at the state championships.
The Rhinelander girls' board team finished off a dominant weekend in La Crosse this afternoon; today they competed in giant slalom.
The Hodags took five of the top seven positions. Leading the pack, Emily Babcock finished second on the day and became the second Rhinelander girl to win the state title. Sister Sarah Babcock was third Sunday and finished third in the state. And the ladies took home the team title for the first time, finishing with 37 points. The other team members are Katarina Kolpack, Kelsie Prahl and Claire Hjelle.
The Rhinelander boys' board team finished seventh overall. Charlie Oleinik was the top Hodag taking 7th place.
D.C. Everest also had a couple boarders on the podium. Olivia Wendt took 2nd place overall and David Wilke finished in 3rd.
The Hodag boys' downhill team took the hill today in giant slalom. They posted six clean runs and the top finishers were Eli Simon in 35th and Carter Olson in 37th.
Eric Stein out of Wausau East also had his first run finishing in 17th.
The state ski competition will wrap up with slalom and super-G Monday.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
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