WESTON - In January, Gary Andersen was hired as Wisconsin's new head coach. Wednesday night Andersen and his coaching staff are in Weston meeting area Badger fans.
The event was a fund-raiser for the North Central Mendotta Club. Ultimately raising money for the Badgers Football Program.
Anderson of course is taking over the program, after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. The new coach was glad to have a chance and connect with area Badger fans. He's also happy with the team he has to work with.
"Tremendous kids," Andersen praised about his team. "Tremendous work ethic. Education is important to them."
Excitement was in the air for the new coach, and the upcoming season. The proud parents of some the players are impressed with the direction the coach has the team heading.
Jeff Hemer is the father of Medford native Ethan Hemer, a Badgers defensive lineman. Jeff had high praise for Andersen.
"Everyone is is love with Coach Andersen," says Hemer. "I think he might be a home run for the Wisconsin Badger football program."
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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