WOODRUFF - Several landowners in Woodruff could fall victim to one man's wishes. Now property owners around Crescent Lake in Woodruff are in a dispute.
The Foltz's own property where no road reaches, and their lawyer says they want to build one for forest management purposes. The road would have to be built on surrounding neighbors properties, but they don't want it.
The Foltz's property, known as Arnett Farm, is north of Crescent Lake.
The Marciniak's say the road proposed by Foltz would not only depreciate surrounding property values but also diminish the Northwoods way of life.
"It would take a way the reason why my parents bought this land and all the other neighbors along here who bought this land for peace and quiet, and a nice northern get away without having all this truck congestion, noise, and pollution." According to Dale Marciniak.
The Foltz's need road access to their property for required logging purposes. By state law, the proposed road could be 66 feet wide, or the size of a five lane wide road. According to the law, the Foltz's would have to pay out of pocket for the road to be built. But because they signed the land up for Forest Crop Management, they are required to have it logged.
Foltz's lawyer says they only plan to build a road large enough for a logging truck to fit on. But surrounding neighbors believe other plans are in store.
"The cost of putting in a road, of this size, of this nature, at this cost, just to harvest forty acres of timber, I don't think that pays for this cost. I believe like other people believe, who have told us that his intentions are to subdivide that area."
But Foltz's lawyer says there are no plans for the land to be developed. The proposal will go before two town boards for a majority vote on November 14th.
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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