ST. GERMAIN - Imagine flying down a stretch of ice at 170 miles per hour.
Add a little snow and hundreds of sleds and you’ve got the St. Germain Radar Run.
“We’ve got a beautiful snow track for people to come in off the trails to just try it for themselves and see what it’s all about,” said Mark Hiller, director of the race.
The 10th annual Radar Run brings almost 200 snowmobile racers to the West Bay of Little St. Germain Lake.
“We have 2 different tracks down here. We have a snow track that is 660 feet long and then we have an ice track which is shaved with a Zamboni blade, it’s 1000 feet long for the race and there’s 2000 feet of so that’s 3000 feet of shaved ice out there,” said Hiller.
Racing on the ice isn’t just about getting a good time. It’s about raising awareness for a good cause.
“I had lymphoma back during nursing school, and it was my junior year and I knew something was going on and finally I over Christmas break, my junior year I had surgery and they found out it was Lymphoma,” said racer Mitchelle Schroader.
Today Mitchelle Schroader is 18 years cancer free and racing in the bikini run to fight breast cancer.
“The fact that I’m here and it’s been 18 years, and I’m doing well, I’m healthy and happy and my husband is also a cancer survivor so it means something to me in more than one way,” said Schroader.
Fourteen thousand dollars was raised at last year’s event and this year’s goal is 20 thousand.
“It’s not just about me it’s about everyone and the cancer patients that this money will help support, and fund so, good cause,” said Schroader.
“You’ve got to be proud of raising this much money, all of it goes back to either charity or the community, and the local civic groups,” said Hiller.
Northwoods filmmaker makes movies for the big screen
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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