WAUSAU - Hundreds of Nordic skiers converged on the Nine Mile Forest Recreation Area in Wausau on Saturday for the Badger State Games.
Five boys and five girls from Rhinelander's Nordic Ski Team competed in the high school 7K freestyle races.
"I really like this course. It's probably my favorite to skate race on," said junior Alex Lowry.
Just one of the boys skiers finished in the top 10 of the event.
But for such a young team, results aren't everything.
"Right now I'm the only non-freshman on the team, so we've got a lot of just raw talent, so they're just getting better and better. By their senior year or event my age, they're going to be very competitive," said Lowry.
The girls team also has mostly young skiers.
But for some of them, Saturday's race went better than expected.
"A lot of us, especially me at least, went into it thinking it wasn't going to be a good race, but I realized going through the race that it went really, really fast," said sophomore Emma Hjelle. "Conditions were so fast. Our wax was really great, and by the end of it I thought I had way more to go, and it was the finish line."
The Hodags raced at the Nine Mile Forest Recreation course in a classic style race a week ago, but Saturday's good weather made for better skiing.
"The conditions when we did the classic race were kind of sticky I guess, it wasn't as fast," said freshman Jenna Yonker.
The skiers also said they embraced the mild temperatures.
"It's warm, like our coach said to us before the race, we were all kind of shivering a little bit because you're always cold before the race, but she said 'not one of my skiers is going to be wearing his or her jacket today, because it's 25 degrees out'," said Hjelle.
The Hodags are back on the course at the Northern Conference Meet in Hayward on February second.
Lakeland Union's Kieran Mullen raced in the 7K Classic Style race on Saturday and finished second with a time of 17:52.
MILWAUKEE - A Wausau-based company that makes architectural metal finishing took home a big honor Thursday night. Linetec won the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Large Company category.
The annual awards program celebrates Wisconsin companies that are well respected, serve their communities, and make Wisconsin "a better place to live, work, and play", according to a press release from the WMC.
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.
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.
MERRILL - Trinity Lutheran School in Merrill doesn't have room for any more kindergarten students next year.
Its class is already full, partly because some families can send their kids to Trinity for free.
For the third straight year, Trinity will participate in Wisconsin's private school choice program.
This year, the state pays tuition for about 30 of Trinity's 120 total students.
"Parents like the Christian base, obviously. That's the main reason people send [their kids] here," said School Administrator Kathy Yahr. "They're keeping them here more now because of the opportunities that we offer."
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. and By Request Web Designs shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.