Tomahawk CC Season Comes to End at Sectionals Published on 10/23/2023 under Sports
The Hatchet Cross Country teams' season came to an end in the WIAA Sectional Meet at Colby Saturday.

 As a team, the Hatchet girls placed fourth and the boys placed fifth. The Hatchet boys' top finisher in the meet was Sam Zastrow, placing 17th overall with a time of 18:13. Presley Gutbrod placed second on the Hatchets and 26th overall with a time of 18:34. 

The Hatchet girls' top finisher was Elise Gibeault with a time of 20:48, good for 11th. Alli Palmer placed 12th overall with a time of 20:52. 

This concludes the Hatchet Cross Country season.

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State Capital, Executive Residence Holiday Trees from Northwoods
Published on 11/28/2023 under News This holiday season the Northwoods will be well represented in Madison via a pair of donated Christmas trees. Both the trees in the State Capital and the Executive Residence come from Northern Wisconsin this year. The 32 foot balsam fir in the capital rotunda comes from Rhinelander. After several decades, the tree had outgrown the front yard of homeowner Marge Van Heuklon. When presented with the idea of contributing it, she was happy to agree. Each year the Capital tree is decorated with ornaments created by students around the state. This year's theme for the tree is "175 Years of Wisconsinites" in honor of the state's anniversary. Meanwhile, Governor Evers shared that this year's tree at the executive residence comes courtesy of the Wegner Family of Butternut. The theme for that tree is 'Tribute to Our Troops.' The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association facilitated the trees including selecting, cutting, and transporting them south.
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