PHILLIPS - Chances are, Kayla Dalka can lift more weight than you. That strength has earned her a spot in the Special Olympics USA Games. She'll be representing Wisconsin in powerlifting.
"I like powerlifting because I like to go to the meets," Kayla explains. "And every time I make a lift that's right, I like to see my coach smile."
Kayla was born with a cognitive disability which affects her IQ. She may have some limitations, but her spirit is undeniable.
"It makes me feel like a champion," says Kayla.
"She wanted to meet different friends and get to know the different kids around school," Kayla's mom Pam Lentz adds. "So she started out in powerlifting."
More than 3,500 athletes will travel to New Jersey to showcase their talents this week.
"When she passed and mom told me she was gonna go, I was really excited for her," Phillips powerlifting coach Jeff Schillinger explains. "I've had five kids make it to worlds and this is just as cool if not better than those kids that were world champions."
One of Kayla's biggest cheerleaders is her lifting partner Damien.
"She's awesome. She did really good, really good," Damien Klepac said. "It's like way to go!"
Kayla's favorite event is the deadlift. At the Wisconsin State Special Olympics she lifted a personal record 305 pounds.
"If you do the right techniques then the good weights will come," Schillinger adds.
She's also flourished working at Club 13 in Phillips.
"Always on time, does whatever you ask her to do, keeps up very well," owner Mike Reed said. "She does a very good job for us."
Powerlifting has helped Kayla grow in many ways.
"She can talk in front of crowds, she opens up her mouth now. She's got a lot more confidence," adds Lentz.
"Kayla will get first place," Klepac exclaims. "She rocks!"
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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