EAGLE RIVER - For most 11-year-olds, Christmas is about making lists and getting presents.
But one Eagle River fifth grader wanted to pay her blessings forward.
In the last five weeks, Morgan Phillipich has raised more than $1,300 for World Vision.
She's sending the money to an international charity to buy farm equipment for African families.
"I always just thought of other people and when I realized what they needed, I realized that I could help them," she said. "I'm not just a little 11-year-old girl who can't do anything. I can help them."
Morgan's original goal was $518, enough to buy malaria nets and livestock for a small family farm.
Her mom and dad helped her write letters to family and friends asking for donations.
"Everybody was so amazed and surprised that someone her age would do this, they told people and then they told people," said Val Blaedow, Morgan's mom. "t did actually do me good because there’s so much negative out there going on. Good things are happening all of the time, it’s just good to see it recognized and spread it a little bit."
Morgan is collecting donations through the first of the year.
If you'd like to help her cause, we will forward donations from our station. Checks can be written out to Morgan Phillipich, Memo: World Vision Fundraiser.
WJFW-Newswatch 12 Attn: Lex Gray/World Vision Fundraiser 3217 County Road G Rhinelander, WI 54501
NORTHWOODS - Home sales fell in the state of Wisconsin, but they're on the rise in the Northwoods.
Real Estate experts say home sales are up 5% in Oneida County. Home sales for the Northwoods are up 4%. Experts say right now it's a buyers market.
“If you're a seller right now you are probably going to be seeing some low ball offers,” says Ashlei Highfill, Century 21 Sales Associate. “We just encourage people to respond to any offer that they get not to just reject it or be offended but these days we are seeing a lot of buyers coming in and offering a lot less than what sellers are asking for.”
Experts say fewer homes are being foreclosed. This allows more families to make first time home purchases.
“It’s great to see that people are obviously getting back to work so they can afford to take that opportunity to put their family in their first home it's exciting for all of us,” says Highfill. “We're always happy to see somebody get that first house for their kids we're seeing some people that are making more money now so they're buying a move up house.”
Overall home sales in Wisconsin fell 11% compared to this time last year.
MERRILL - Hospitals can sometimes scare kids and even many adults.
That's why one Northwoods hospital wants those kids to be comfortable with doctors if they ever need their help.
Merrill kindergarteners visited Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center on Wednesday.
The kids got to see an ambulance, physical therapy and x rays.
"We try to show them that you know what, the hospital isn't so scary. And we bring them through different areas that they may experience when they come in or they have a family member here. And a lot of times children, if they don't know, they're very afraid. A hospital can be very intimidating, says Jane Bentz, Director of Foundation and Community Outreach.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - 4.7 might seem like just a random number, but it gives us an idea of just how cold it was this year. 4.7 degrees was the average temperature for this winter. It's the coldest winter in more than a century.
It’s common to see these sights and hear these sounds in a typical winter. But this year, we heard them a bit more. The Northwoods fought through it’s snowiest and coldest winter on record. What made it so rare was the persistent cold.
MADISON - An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.
Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor, says in an email that Walker's office notified Taylor's office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday.
Taylor, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, developed the legislation in response to three high-profile deaths in the last 10 years. None of those incidents resulted in criminal charges.
Supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force. But police observers say the bill could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done the investigations themselves.
The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year.
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