WOODRUFF - In high school cross country, Lakeland hosted the first meet of the season. The T-Birds will be competing in three events in ten days.
Tuesday was the annual Ted Voigt invite. It was at Clear Lake Park just outside of Woodruff. Five teams were taking part - 160 athletes between boys and girls competing.
In the girls race, Lakeland took four of the top five spots. T-Bird senior Katie Klappa was the winner. Lakeland won the girls team title. Wisconsin Rapids was second. Merrill third. Rhinelander fourth.
After the races, the athletes cooled off jumping into Clear Lake. Katie is thrilled to start the year with a win.
"I just stayed hydrated before the race," Katie explains. "I stayed up front and was ready to run faster at the end."
On the boys side, Devin Greiner of Wisconsin Rapids won the race. Lakeland also won the boys team title. Merrill was second. Rhinelander third. Medford finished fourth.
The Ted Voigt Invite is named after the longtime Lakeland cross country and boys basketball coach for his service to the school over the years.
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
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