MINOCQUA - Seven high school cross country teams started their season in Minocqua Tuesday night at the eighth annual Ted Voigt Invitational.
Lakeland Union High School, the defending Great Northern Conference champs, hosted the first match of the season.
The event is named after a former coach at Lakeland Union High School.
"It's our first meet of the year. It's everybody's first meet of the year. So we thought it might be nice to have a meet named after a longtime coach who had a successful program here," said of Lakeland head coach Kevin Fitzpatrick.
Seven teams gathered at the Minocqua Winter Park for the meet. Coaches say the course presents runners with challenging terrain.
High schoolers from Lakeland, Mosinee, Merrill, Mercer, Northland Pines, Phelps, Rhinelander, and Wisconsin Rapids all competed in the invitational.
"It's a chance to kind of shake off the cobwebs and see where you're at. What's nice about these early races is that varsity and JV kids run together, so you really get a chance to see where you fit on your team," said Fitzpatrick.
Lakeland's Senior Andrew Schilling finished the course with the fastest time of 17:51. Lakeland had the five fastest boys runners in the invitational.
Meanwhile, Lakeland sophomore Lauren Schilling finished the course with the fastest girls time of 21:31.3. Lakeland had three of the four fast girls at Tuesday's event.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
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