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 thereís so much negative out there going on. Good things are happening all of the time, itís 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
Indoor soccer tournament raises money for high school soccer teams
EAGLE RIVER - Soccer players may need to wait for the snow on their fields to melt. But they know cabin fever is starting to set in, and it's the perfect time to capitalize on it.
The 7th annual Cabin Fever Indoor Soccer Tournament kicked off today at Northland Pines High School. The event raises money for the schoolís boy's and girl's soccer teams.
"This was an opportunity to have an indoor soccer program so the kids can do something in the winter," says tournament director Steve Gilbert. "There was a need for a fundraiser so we thought why not have a tournament. There are other tournaments in the region, why not have one here with this tremendous facility that we have here at Pines."
Nearly 100 5th through 8th graders played in the co-ed soccer matches. Their participation makes it possible for the team to buy new equipment.
"It allows us to buy things that maybe the school can't afford to buy for them, so different types of warm-ups, equipment out on the field," says Gilbert. "One time we bought a camera for them so we could film their games. So it's going to good causes."
RHINELANDER - Wisconsinís attorney general enforces and defends laws made by the state, but one of Wisconsinís candidates for the position believes his opponents will only pick and choose.
Right now Republican Candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, faces three Democrats, Rep. Jon Richards, Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne. Richards represents a portion of Milwaukee in the State Assymbly. Happ is the Jefferson County District Attorney. Ozanne is the Dane County District Attorney.
Schimel says some of his opponents, especially Richard will only enforce laws they agree with.
"That's problematic and I believe that's not what the attorney general should be doing, that's a crusade, that's a policy maker," Schimel said. "If Rep. Richards wants to do that then he should stay in the legislature."
Richards has been in the Legislature since 1998.
Newswatch 12 asked him Friday if he would pick and choose laws to enforce.
He said heíd look at the constitution to determine how he would enforce laws in Wisconsin.
"I can grantee you there are plenty of laws that I voted against that I will end up enforcing and making sure that we implement," Richards said, "And there are some laws that I think clearly violate the U-S constitution or the state constitution and we'll be taking a hard look at those."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
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