EAGLE RIVER - The two top girls hockey teams in the Great Northern Conference met in Eagle River tonight.
State-ranked Northland Pines was unbeaten in the conference going in. They could wrap up the conference title tonight. Standing in their way, the Northern Edge. They had an outside shot of tying for tops in the conference.
But Northland Pines exploded for three goals in the third period. Kali Ebert scored twice in the period, including a short-handed goal for the game-winner.
Northland Pines wrapped up the conference with the 4-1 victory.
Marie Sandstrom scored the game's first goal for the Northern Edge in the first period.
In the second, Amanda Sergent and Cali Sanborn combined to tie the game. Sanborn redirected Sergent's shot to score the goal. It made the score 1-1 after two periods.
With the victory, Northland Pines remained unbeaten (11-0-1) in the GNC. The Northern Edge fell to (10-2-1) in conference play. Each team has one game remaining before next week's regional round.
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.
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