RHINELANDER - On Monday, a familiar sight was back at the first track practice of the season for the Hodags.
No, not the sun and 50 degree weather - although that was great to see too.
It was the return of Brad Vick as one of the coaches for the boy's team.
Vick was involved with Rhinelander track from 2008-2011. That included being the girls head coach. The last two seasons, he was not involved due to family matters.
Rod Olson coached the last two years. However, Olson decided to step down. Lack of time needed to commit to the sport was among the reasons.
Vick's team includes two state representatives from last year. Ryan Nehls finished fourteenth in the 100. And Vince Berry tied for eighth in the pole vault.
Vick says it's great to be back.
"I can't wait to have these athletes compete at a high level," Vick explains. "Hopefully, compete back at state again this year. Having guys that have been there before and knows what it takes to make it to state - I know they'll show it on the track again this year."
"Everyday is going to be a little different, but everyday (Vick) is going to push us," Hodag senior Vince Berry adds. "This year I believe we'll only have one meet per week. So we'll have a little more time to prepare and get going. Hopefully, we'll be more prepared for meets this year."
Megan Wagner is the new girls track coach for the Hodags. Rhinelander opens the indoor season at the Merill Invite on March 27th.
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
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