RHINELANDER - After eleven years with the School District of Rhinelander, superintendent Dr. Roger Erdahl will retire.
Before coming to Rhinelander, Erdahl spent time in the Antigo district.
He's been an educator for forty years, and says the decision to retire was mainly about timing.
"First of all, I'm old enough, and secondly, we have completed our building project, and thirdly, we are about to move forward on a new strategic plan, so this might be an ideal time for change in leadership in the district," Erdahl said.
Erdahl says that strategic plan will involve financial, academic and instructional changes.
He still has about 8 months to go until his last day on June 30th.
"It’s probably the most dramatic change I’ve ever seen in the schools, and Rhinelander schools are improving very significantly and this is an exciting time, so I’m looking forward to continuing that work until my time is over," he said.
The school board will meet Thursday night to start talking about Erdahl's replacement.
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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