EAGLE RIVER - The Winter Olympics in Russia are in February. But this weekend, some of the best high school athletes in the country will be competing. One of them is from the Northwoods.
Northland Pines junior Ryan Ozelie qualified in the 400 meters in the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships.
The meet is in Greensboro North Carolina.
He'll begin competing on Friday.
Ryan qualified by finishing 5th at South Dakota earlier this month.
However, all is not well with the family. Last weekend, they had a funeral for Ryan's grandfather.
Ryan will be thinking about him when he runs.
Ryan says, "It's been hard, but it also motivates me. To think he would be proud. I learned a lot by competing in the Junior Olympics. To see how I match up against the best from the state and surrounding states."
"Strong willed, it's just the way Ryan is," Ryan's father Robert explains. "He's done it all himself. I just think it's awesome he's gone this far."
Ryan's track coaches suggested trying the Junior Olympics after the high school season was done. Ryan liked the idea of continuing his track and field year and representing Northland Pines as well as Eagle River.
As you can imagine, the cost of traveling can get expensive. The family hopes they can get some sponsorships to help cut the cost. Any additional money would go toward the Northland Pines track and field team. Anyone interested in helping as a sponsor can call Ryan's mother Gina at (715) 892-2683.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
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