MADISON - The state Girls Swimming and Diving Championships is this weekend. Swimmers from Lakeland and Medford qualified for Friday's D-2 championships.
Lakeland senior Carolyn Kelk is the section champion in the 200 yard freestyle. The senior also finished among the top eight in the 100 yard free. Kelk hopes lessons learned from the past will pay off big on Friday.
Also in Division 2, Medford's 200 yard medley relay earned a trip to Madison. Senior Katie Homeyer is a member of the Raider relay. She also will race in the 100 yard breast stroke.
In Division One meet on Saturday, Natalie Neuwirth of Stevens Point is in both the 100 and 200 yard free. She's also a member of SPASH's 200 free relay and medley relays. Her teammate, Jenna Check is the section champ in the 100 butterfly.
Sarah Kane of Wausau East is in the 100 yard breast stroke and a member of East's 200 medley relay team.
And D-C Everest's Ashley Kroll won last week's sectional in Hudson in the 50 yard free style.
Victim from Tuesday's SUV, Tanker Crash Dies from Injuries
BOULDER JUNCTION - The New Auburn woman hospitalized from a crash earlier this week has died from her injuries.
It happened around 1 o'clock Tuesday on Hwy 51 at County Highway H in Manitowish Waters.
Fifty five-year-old Patty Hanson crashed her SUV into a gas tanker. The SUV flipped upside down in a marshy roadside ditch.
The semi truck driver was treated at the hospital and released shortly after. He told sheriff's deputies he was hauling 5-thousand gallons of gasoline. The Vilas County Sheriff's and Coroner's Offices and the State Patrol are still investigating.
In November 2006, nearly 60 percent of Wisconsin voters supported an amendment banning gay marriage.
Before Wisconsin lawmakers could consider a bill to allow gay marriage, voters would have to pass an amendment undoing the 2006 amendment language. But before that the Legislature would have to pass the amendment in two consecutive sessions.
RHINELANDER - Students around the Northwoods graduated today. One local graduate made history at Nicolet College.
"As a Nicolet Grad, not only will your education enhance you as an individual, but you will enhance the greater good of the Northwoods community as an educated citizen of our democracy," says Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster.
Hundreds of Nicolet College students walked across the stage after accomplishing their goal… earning a college degree. But one student was challenged in a way no other Nicolet graduate has experienced. Jeff Hedberg is legally blind.
"Other people can follow in my foot steps and do exactly what I did. They just need to put one foot in front of the other and believe that there are people out there that will give them a chance and opportunity," says Hedberg.
Jeff's wife Sylvia Hedberg Thomas says it all started a couple of years ago when her husband decided to go back to school. The director of disability service reached out to him to help build a plan that would ensure Jeff reached his goals.
"When Bob told Jeff everything that he would be able to do, Jeff's like 'You really think I can do that?' And I was sitting there going, 'Well yea. Of course you can," says Hedberg Thomas.
Everybody either has or will have a disability to some extent within their lifetime. Technology can and will help most of them get through the challenge of their situation," says Hedberg.
Even though Jeff's tutor Charmaine Jacques helped him out, she says she learned from him as well.
"I learned a little bit of brail from Jeff and I learned a lot about his software that he uses," says Jacques.
This isn't the last stop for Jeff. He plans to get his masters at Stout University.
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