PHILLIPS - Winters in the Northwoods can make staying active a difficult task. A community pool in Phillips might have you covered for fitness away from freezing temperatures.
In this small town of 1400, holds a hidden gem for Northern Wisconsin. A gem that one organization is using to help draw in more people and hopes it will help by-pass economic turbulence amid ramped fiscal cliff talk.
"We just feel like we needed a new feature to draw people into the pool and looking at something new and unique. And to the best of our knowledge there
isn’t anything like this probably north of Milwaukee." Said Phillips Pool Coordinator, Karen Smart.
Kim Mess, who is a founding member of the Philips Area Aquatic Foundation, knows unique additions to the facility, like this rock wall, help ensure its survival in the future.
"It's worked, we've been able to keep this pool, and our likely hood to keep the pool is pretty high. It's amazing what a small town can do when a handful of people are passionate about their community."
Aquatic Director, Annie Knudson, devotes her time to helping people stay fit year around, and couldn't be happier for the foundation's success.
"Our pool wouldn't survive the way it does, so as people talk about budget cuts for education...An organization like this takes it up a notch and makes sure that this facility is available to the community ages into the future."
With 50,000 dollars to the foundation's name, this facility doesn't appear to be going off the deep-end anytime soon.
There's something you can do every day at the Phillips Community Pool-- for more information and specific hours visit phillipscommunitypool.com
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.”
Wisconsin court to decide on testing drunk drivers
MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw suspected drunken drivers' blood without a warrant or driver consent.
The court said it would hear three drunken driving cases, two of which involved a homicide. That announcement came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a Missouri case that could call into question Wisconsin's law.
Wisconsin since 1993 has granted police authority to draw drunken driving suspects' blood without a warrant or consent.
About 5,000 people refused to comply with police tests in 2011 and 2012.
The eventual rulings in the three cases are expected to clarify how law enforcement can gather evidence in some Wisconsin drunken driving cases.
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