THREE LAKES - Three Lakes school district gave their state-winning relay team a hero's welcome Monday morning when they arrived back in town.
Ambulances and fire trucks led a miniature parade for Kortnie Volk, Sydney Lurvey, Emily Fink and Kara Sowinski.
Those four girls took the state title in the 400-meter relay in La Crosse last weekend.
Charlie Volk took a lot of pride in the girls' accomplishments, both as an athletic director and as Kortnie's dad.
"It's great to see the community and the school behind their students and athletes," Volk said. "It's a rewarding thing, not only as an athletic director but as a father."
That relay team took third in their heat the day before, then dropped their time by 12 hundredths of a second for the final run.
Head coach Andy Wyss said that race was a result of hard work the girls had put in all year long.
"These four girls work extremely hard," Wyss said. "These are the ones who are putting in a lot of time outside the track in the weight room and things like that. They're good role models and it's hard to go against a state champion."
According to Three Lakes staff, it is only the third state championship in school history.
MADISON - Madison police are investigating the death of a 60-year-old woman who fell into a pond.
Police Chief Mike Koval says the victim's boyfriend called around 8:30 Saturday night to report he was unable to pull her out of the pond. Rescuers arrived within minutes and gave the woman CPR, but could not revive her.
MADISON - Democratic legislators are complaining that their Republican colleagues didn't give advance notice to them or the Madison Police Department about a proposed security study of the state Capitol that would require the department's involvement.
The state's budget committee adopted the measure Tuesday along party lines. The full Legislature and governor haven't approved the study, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
EAGLE RIVER - Families shower dads with gifts, love and maybe even a surprise breakfast on Father's Day.
The Rock Mission Center in Eagle River combined all three off those for families in their community this morning.
"Can't think of a better thing to sell fathers than that love that you would have with your father on father's day at breakfast," event organizer Joe Jovanovic said.
The pancake spread was inspired by Cory Meyer who brought a special meaning to the meal.
"Pancakes are a big thing in my family," Meyer said. "My grandpa passed away back in 2010 and his last dinner was pancakes. That led to a poem 'Pancakes In Heaven' which is in honor of him that turned into a magazine which now goes to nursing home shut-ins, veterans and prisoners."
Meyer's poem motivated the Rock Center to find their own message for Father's this year.
"Mothers are the love and nurture in the home. I think the Fathers are the hope portion because when a child really needs something that a dad can give, it's hope," Jovanovic said.
Jovanovic shared his own personal connection to the meaning of hope.
"This is superman's family crest and on the planet Krypton this stands for hope. That's the rock, love and hope," Jovanovic said.
And to all the fathers out there...
"Thank you for everything, because that's exactly where it all comes from."
The Rock Mission Center hosts dozens of events every month.
WAUSAU - You might see softball, live music, and a polka-themed church service driving down Bridge Street in Wausau this weekend. The award-winning St Anne Fest is back in town.
"It's a big three day event," said John Lang, one of the organizers. "We have great music, good food, softball games, dart tournaments going on. We have all kinds of events that bring in the community."
The annual festival is famous for its egg rolls and fresh deep-fried cheese curds. Ten thousand dollars in cash prizes well be raffled off on Sunday.
Michele Norrbom said the event is really a celebration of everything Wausau.
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