MERRILL - Songs often come to Debbie Merkel while at home in Merrill.
But those tunes are now going national.
We caught up with a Northwoods recording artist getting her biggest break yet in music.
"I write about what's going on in my own life and what others can relate to," she says.
Now, people across the world will be able to relate to the Merrill Christian artist.
"I'll get inspired by something a friend says or something that I see, something that happened to me," she says.
Debbie's been singing since she was eight years old.
But she just broke through and signed with the record label Musik and Film.
She's been on the radio in 25 states since September, with the song "On Heaven's Wings."
Debbie is no stranger to the national stage.
"I've been to showcases in Nashville, I've been to Chicago, I've been to Minnesota, Michigan. Wherever anybody wants me - have microphone, will travel," she laughs.
Her goal for the listener is simple.
"It makes them feel joyous inside, it makes them feel inspired, it makes them feel happy, and I like to hear that feedback back, because that's what motivates me and that's what is my intention," she says.
Debbie's official signing release party comes up next Saturday, February 16 in Merrill.
The event will be at the First Street Coffee Station at 6pm.
ARBOR VITAE - You won't find Neal Anderson where he'd like to be this time of year: on a lake. Instead, he mainly stuck in the shop taking out his frustrations on cedar boards with a saw.
"This is where you get the meaning of the term 'pier pressure,'" Anderson said.
The Northland Docks owner traditionally likes to have his team wearing waders and putting docks in on area lakes this week, but with more than a foot of ice still on many lakes, they're pretty much stuck on shore.
WAUPUN - The remains of an unidentified woman found in a frozen creek in Fond du Lac County nearly 10 years ago will be exhumed this week at a cemetery in Waupun.
Sheriff's officials say forensic anthropologists will examine the remains of "Jane Doe" using techniques that weren't available when her body was found. Through chemical isotope analysis, investigators may learn where the woman lived and her approximate age. DNA testing can determine eye, skin and hair color, as well as genetic ancestry and face shape.
CRANDON - Former Crandon School Board President Brian Tupper has resigned from the board, effective early Tuesday morning.
The board voted Tupper out as president at a meeting Monday night. Within hours, he submitted his resignation from the board. The board had selected Jeff Ackley Jr. as its president and Glen Pfeifer as its vice president on Monday.
The move leaves the district with a new school board president, no permanent middle/high school principal, and no working superintendent.
WASHINGTON D.C. - 33 Korean War Era veterans, 50 Vietnam Era veterans, and 5 World War II Era veterans boarded the 31st Never Forgotten Honor Flight Monday morning.
"[It's] unbelievable what's going on," said one veteran.
Flight #8651 left Central Wisconsin Airport Monday morning for Reagan National Airport. From there, police escorts led buses filled with veterans from around north central Wisconsin to visit memorials in Washington D.C. They visited Korean, Vietnam, and Lincoln Memorials.
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