THREE LAKES - The Three Eagle Track Club hosted its second summer track meet for athletes of all ages on Monday. The club offers a local chance for track athletes or practice and compete.
"We wanted to bring something home, so that people could get more involved with it here, and continue to grow the sport of track locally," said club creator Jayme Wyss.
Wyss hopes the meets will increase community passion for the sport.
"We want to get families involved, we want to get youth involved, and we want to bring back the alumni to get involved. We wanted to make this a track town essentially," said Wyss.
While it might not quite be track-town USA, Three Lakes High School has seen a growing interest in the sport the last few years.
"When we started out four years ago, we had eight kids on the team, this past year we had four times that number," said Wyss.
One way to keep that going is to get young athletes involved.
"In order to get youth interested in coming up in the program, you have to provide it locally," said Wyss. Nobody is going to go however many hours to take their six year old to a track meet, but they'll do it here."
The meets also give high school athletes the chance to compete out of season. For some, that competition is one last chance to spend time with friends.
"It's nice to see them again because I'm leaving soon, so just to get them together again and run with them again is just awesome," said Three Lakes graduate Paxton Boers.
Boers spent the last two years on the Blue Jays track team. Three Eagle has helped him stay in shape for his first season playing college football. However, you don't have to be a Blue Jay to run with this club.
"I'm actually from Crandon high school," said Crandon junior Sydney Gretzinger.
But Crandon high school doesn't have its own track. So Gretzinger leans on the Three Eagle Club for practice.
"The best part about it for me is that I get to come here and have this experience that I don't get at my school and the coaches are really open to helping me," said Gretzinger.
Gretzinger hasn't only gained new coaches. Next year, you may see her spending time with her summer Blue Jays teammates.
"Not only now can I compete with them and have a good time throughout the actual season, I've gotten a lot closer with them and it'll be fun to hang out with them throughout the next season."
Nearly 70 athletes competed in Monday's meet. For information on the Three Eagle Track Club, click on the link below.
EAGLE RIVER - A Snow Show in Eagle River reminded visitors of all that snowmobiling clubs do for Wisconsin. About 300 people stopped by the Eagle River Derby Track Sunday for the event. The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs invited 15 vendors to help educate people about the economics and basics of snowmobiling.
"We just want everybody to be aware of all the work that goes into maintaining and upkeep of the snowmobile trails," said Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs President Dave Newman. It was the 5th annual Snow Show.
MINOCQUA - A major 'safety net' resource used by nearly 800,000 people in Wisconsin could get cut in half. The Trump Administration wants to radically change SNAP. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formally known as food stamps. " It's a fundamental lifeline," said St. Germain Sentury Foods owner David Weber. Last Monday Weber found out a lifeline for some of his customers was at risk.
" In its current form it's a very vital necessity for the families," said Weber. Weber's store has supported the current debit card style SNAP or food stamp program since it started in the 60s. However, the Trump administration wants to radically change SNAP to a food box delivery styled program in its 2019 budget. " The boxes people would receive, would contain mostly shelve stable food it doesn't [provide] fresh vegetables," said Weber. With the change low- income Americans receiving at least $90 a month would get half their benefits in the form of a "USDA Foods package."
" There may be a need for change for the SNAP program, but I'm not sure the proposed changes are the way to go," said Weber. The box would include shelf stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, and beans, but no fruits or vegetables. " [It's a] disservice to the community and the people who receive that benefit," said Weber. Weber said right now the current SNAP program allows people to get the food their families need when they need it. Instead of the nearly 800,000 SNAP users in Wisconsin needing to wait for a pre-arranged box delivery. " If there is going to be changes they need to be realistic changes that won't hurt people," said Weber.
LAKE TOMAHAWK - A 32-year-old woman had to be airlifted to a hospital after a snowmobile crash.
Oneida County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tyler Young said emergency crews responded to the accident around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning. It happened in an area off Highway 47 near Fawn Lake Rd in McNaughton.
STEVENS POINT - Stevens Point Police are investigating an armed robbery.
Around 6 a.m. Sunday morning, police and Portage County Sheriff Deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the R Store in the 5400 block of HWY 10 E in Stevens Point. Police say during the initial investigation, they determined an armed suspect displayed a weapon and took money from the store.
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