RHINELANDER - The fastest-growing sport among older adults may look a little funny to you.
Pickleball looks like table tennis - on a life-size court.
The game is taking off across the Northwoods.
Rhinelander's YMCA is the latest place to draw a crowd for pickleball.
"It started in Eagle River with a group, and there's a group in Minocqua playing, and now there's a group in Three Lakes playing, so Rhinelander obviously was the next venue that would be a great place," Active Older Adults Coordinator Marilyn Duschl says.
Pickleball is played in a similar way to tennis, but with wooden paddles and a wiffle ball.
Especially during long Northwoods winters, it's a good option for getting active indoors.
"It's a great sport for folks who are a little older because there's less ground to cover than when you're playing on the tennis court. It's just a heck of a lot of fun," says pickleball player Carol Pederson.
Pickleball is the fastest-growing game among older adults.
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
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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