RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander High School Mock Trial team won the State Championship in March.
Now they're off to Nationals in Indianapolis and right now they're getting in as much practice as they can.
"I'm really nervous. Representing the state is a big responsibility." said Rhinelander High School student, Elisha Sheffer.
This is the 16th year Rhinelander High School has gone to Nationals, but it's the first time for these students.
"We are representing the state of Wisconsin. So yes we're representing our school, Rhinelander high school, but more than that we're representing the state," said Rhineland High School student, Melissa Sheth.
"So it's both something that we're really proud to do and nervous because of that pressure."
This extracurricular activity might not be physical, but Judge Michael Bloom says they put in just as much work as an athlete.
"It's just as hard, it's just as difficult and it takes just as much work and effort to be successful at mock trial as it does any other extracurricular activity," Judge Michael Bloom said.
"It involves a different type of skill, but it's just as challenging for the students and the students that are successful deserves just as much credit."
Going to Nationals is the experience of a lifetime.
Attorney Coach Jim Jacobi says part of why it's so great is the chance to get to know people from different states.
"You may never have a chance again like this to meet as many of your country men with which you have a common bond and a common activity," said Jacobi.
"So whatever time you're not spending working on mock trial, take the time to meet with these kids and talk to them."
The team will be leaving this Wednesday to make a go for the gold.
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.
The Boulder Junction Town Board voted two to one Tuesday night to move forward with a town plaza plan. The plan will now go to a design phase.
The board estimated the cost of the design phase to be between $30,000 to $50,000, but it was dropped to about $25,000 at the meeting.
Town Chairman Dennis Reuss and Town Supervisor Dennis Duke voted in favor, with Town Supervisor Denny McGann voting against the plan.
A little more than $1 million may not seem like a lot of money to a city like Madison or Milwaukee. But for a town of fewer than one thousand people, it's a lot. The Boulder Junction Town Board could vote Tuesday whether or not to move onto the next phase of a $1.26 million town plaza project.
Dennis Duke has a vision of what Boulder Junction could look like in a few years.
"This one has a much more artistic flair, this has a more engineering flair if you will," said Duke while looking at potential design plans.
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