MINOCQUA - Rolling lightning storms across the Northwoods forced Rhinelander High School and Lakeland to postpone their boys soccer matchup in Minocqua Thursday night.
The JV game, in progress prior to the varsity matchup, was suspended midway through the second half due to lightning in the area. Lakeland Athletic Director Don Scharbarth decided to strike the rest of the JV game and the entire varsity game after a look at the radar.
The most likely makeup dates are in early September. Lakeland would prefer a date next Tuesday, if the Hodags are able to move their previously-scheduled matchup with D.C. Everest. The second option appears to be a September 13th date.
Rhinelander had been staring at a second-straight game against a Great Northern Conference contender. The Hodags played to a 0-0 draw at Northland Pines on Tuesday.
"If we're perfectly healthy, it's a great matchup," RHS head coach Dan Millot said of the Lakeland game prior to its postponement.
Whether the Hodags would have been at full strength was questionable. Senior Nick Wright, who missed the Northland Pines game with a foot injury, was a gametime decision.
"We're going to worry about his health first, and the game second," Millot said.
Wright was taped and wearing a brace in warmups.
Unless the game is moved, the Hodags will next take the field Tuesday at home against D.C. Everest.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
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