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 - 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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