MERRILL - You may have heard your grandparents tell a story that goes something like this, sack lunches, a one room schoolhouses and they walked 2 miles up hill both ways to get to school.
Those are some of the memories grandparent's shared at today's Grandparent's Day at Kate Goodrich Elementary in Merrill.
For the 12th straight year, first grade students showed their grandmas and grandpas around the classrooms.
The grandparents were also treated to a special presentiation.
Teacher Denise Ziech says it's just as much fun for the grandparents as it is the kids.
"I've had comments from grandparents after the program, and thank you cards, and they love it when they're here. They love the opportunity to spend time with their grandchild at school," said Ziech.
Ziech says the day lets the kids work on their reading and language arts skills.
They write, edit and re-write all their own stories for the program.
For some, it's the best day of the year.
"It's fun to have the children up on stage, it's fun to have them shine and be proud and happy their grandparents are here. And several times afterward, the children will say, this was the best day of the school year," said Ziech.
Grandparents day will continue at Kate Goodrich Elementary throughout the week.
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.
Yesterday two people safely escaped a fire that badly damaged a house in Sugar Camp. It turned out that a cat could have been a victim, but the cat was rescued by a firefighter. We'll bring you details and show you the cat that was slightly injured and is recovering.
We'll tell you about a Plaza that might be built in Boulder Junction.
And you'll hear from the Rhinelander city clerk on preparations for early voting which begins this Friday.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
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