TOMAHAWK - This summer, Olympic athletes grabbed our attention for two weeks.
But another set of athletes will compete this winter in the Special Olympics, and there to coach them - a teacher from right here in the Northwoods.
Bonnie Kahn started Tomahawk's Special Olympics program back in 1988.
Since then, she's traveled to the World Games four times as a coach.
She's back at it again, heading to South Korea in January with 200 Special Olympics athletes.
Bonnie works with about 14 adapted needs students every day.
She coaches bowling, cross country skiing, snowshoe racing and track and field.
But she gets as much as she gives.
"The group is very compassionate, they're very courageous, I think they are goal-oriented in a way, that they always try to do their best. They like to please, and it's a joy to work with them. I always feel like I get more out of working with them than they get out of working with me," she said.
Bonnie has already been to the Games in Alaska, Japan, Idaho, and Greece.
But she said there's no place like home.
"I truly believe in the athletes, and I feel like even though I'm going to South Korea and all these places I've traveled, I still represent Tomahawk," she said. "My heart is with my athletes here, and that's what I take with me wherever I am."
Bonnie is headed to Korea with three Wisconsin athletes and one other coach.
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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