MINOCQUA - Most sports teams celebrate the end of a good season with a party of get together.
But some middle and high school runners do things a little different.
Stevens Point area runners cap off their year at the Buck Rut 5-K Run at the Minocqua Winter Park.
They say it's a fun way to wrap up the year after state cross country finals.
Phil Mahoney brings the group up.
"It's a chance to do another race, but with a relaxed atmosphere and almost a party atmosphere afterwards, after a tough run," Mahoney said. "You run hard and then enjoy it afterwords."
Mahoney has been running in the Buck Rut since it started 22 years ago. He couldn't run this year because of broken ribs. But he says the event and course are a great challenge for young runners.
"It's probably more challenging than your average event or course that they would have during their season," Mahoney said. "Once they are here they get the feel for what it's like and meet other kids they don't ordinarily run into."
Thomas Basala of Plover won with a time of 19:58.00.
More than 90 runners took to the ski trails of the winter park.
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.
MERRILL - Three years ago, Lincoln County got good news.
The federal government planned to spend $1.5 million to help give rural parts of the county broadband internet access. It was part of Frontier Communications' agreement to accept $283 million for broadband expansion nationwide.
But then, the contractors, equipment, and better internet were slow to arrive.
Now, Frontier is finally at work, but plenty of people are still waiting anxiously for their high-speed connection.
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