RHINELANDER - On Friday night's, it's not often you hear a girls name announced on the football field. But this year for the Hodags, Gabbe Millot has been a regular fixture, and has made history in the process.
She may only be 5' 1'', but Gabbe Millot's kicks, pack a punch.
"Being smaller, I felt like I had to prove myself that much more to show that despite my size," Millot explains. "I could make contributions to the team."
Head coach Jim Moore said it was a great fit for the team. "She's probably one of the more natural athletes that we have. She's very instinctive. We don't have to spend a whole lot of time teaching them how to kick, cause that's what they do. So, it's a great arrangement."
"Kicking a football is so much different than kicking a soccer ball which is what I'm used to," Millot adds.
The Hodags have a history of using soccer players as kickers.
Gabbe started playing soccer when she was just 4 years old, and that's helped tremendously with football. But the technique of kicking is very different.
Millot says, "You kick a soccer ball for spin, and normally the soccer ball is moving. While the football is stationary and you have to hit it perfectly."
It's clear Gabbe's teammates enjoying having her around. Gabbe also had a big role in Rhinelander's first win of the season.
Luke Linsmeyer, the Hodags captain explained, "She's the first girls ever to kick a field goal in Rhinelander school history. So right there she is making history."
Gabbe adds, "It's been a trip. I wouldn't have traded this year or last year for anything."
WABENO - Wabeno prides itself on drawing more and more people to its small community. It's doing things like building new trails and coming up with new events.
This weekend, the town will host the first ever "Wabeno Art and Music Fest". People in Wabeno say they have a unique passion for the arts.
"The Wabeno Art and Music Fest, or WAM Fest, as we call it, is an outgrowth of the various art activities that have been burgeoning here in Wabeno over the last number of years," said Tim Friesen, a coordinator of the event.
WAUSAU - The name sounds scarier than most of the symptoms would suggest, but doctors take West Nile virus seriously.
This week, a dead crow in Marathon County tested positive for West Nile. The Marathon County Health Department reported the discovery Monday. Counties look mainly at crows, blue jays, and ravens to find the virus. It is spread mostly through mosquito bites.
PARK FALLS - Filling a downtown with businesses doesn't just happen overnight. Leaders in Park Falls found that out over the past six years, but slowly they're making progress. This year, the Park Falls Downtown Beautification Committee finished a plan to improve downtown.
"It's a very dedicated group, small group of people that just kept at it and at it and at it over the last six years until we came to the finished product," says committee chair Laurie Wagner.
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