CRANDON - A female powerlifter is spending time in the Northwoods getting ready for international competition.
Alyssa Hitchcock of Neenah and her family held a brat fry in Crandon. They're trying to cut some of the costs of traveling to Columbia for the World Games next month. In November, she also hopes to take part in the IPF Open World Powerlifting Championships in Norway.
Her family owns a cabin just outside of Crandon. She has faced some of the best powerlifters in the world.
Folks in the Northwoods have provided alot of support.
"Things have been going really great because the people up here are amaizing," Hitchcock explains. "I've been competitive powerlifting for 15 years. I was just looking for something to do in high school and I was hooked."
Alyssa says it costs around $3000 for each competition. Before today, the had raised around $600 in the first two brat frys. They will also have two more in August.
EAGLE RIVER - A lot of things need to go right to build a 40,000 square foot addition in just one year. Workers in Vilas County used a fairly mild winter to their advantage to work toward that goal.
Construction on the county courthouse's addition is both on budget and essentially on time. Crews have the drywall up on the second floor and are working to do the same on the first floor soon. Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman says a rainy spring held some masonry work up, but it's nothing crews can't handle to stay on track.
"Very well disciplined," Alleman said of the workers. "They're working every day, things are being done on time. I think overall that makes for a good project."
- A Nicolet College club provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and allies to socialize and discuss personal issues related to gender and sexual orientation.
However, outside of the campus, there is no supportive group in the Northwoods. Now, the Rainbow Hodags Club is helping to get a community LGBT group started. Club member Don Schindhelm says he wishes a club like this existed years ago.
"I really felt like I didn't know anyone else who was gay or lesbian. It was frowned upon, so I suppressed it for most of my life. That's why I struggled with it for so many years," said Schindhelm.
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