WOODRUFF - In high school cross country, Lakeland hosted the first meet of the season. The T-Birds will be competing in three events in ten days.
Tuesday was the annual Ted Voigt invite. It was at Clear Lake Park just outside of Woodruff. Five teams were taking part - 160 athletes between boys and girls competing.
In the girls race, Lakeland took four of the top five spots. T-Bird senior Katie Klappa was the winner. Lakeland won the girls team title. Wisconsin Rapids was second. Merrill third. Rhinelander fourth.
After the races, the athletes cooled off jumping into Clear Lake. Katie is thrilled to start the year with a win.
"I just stayed hydrated before the race," Katie explains. "I stayed up front and was ready to run faster at the end."
On the boys side, Devin Greiner of Wisconsin Rapids won the race. Lakeland also won the boys team title. Merrill was second. Rhinelander third. Medford finished fourth.
The Ted Voigt Invite is named after the longtime Lakeland cross country and boys basketball coach for his service to the school over the years.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments.
"We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson.
Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's.
"We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent.
The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants.
"For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent.
"We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth.
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