RHINELANDER - Some people have all the luck. A Rhinelander couple proved this week they're lucky both in love and on the lane.
All the excitement went down at Hodag Lane where the Larson's each bowled a perfect game in two days.
"You never know when it's going to happen. On Tuesday night I bowled well my first game. And then it just happened. If you start thinking about it too much then you're going to mess up," says Vicki Larson.
She was at Hodag Lanes for her Tuesday night bowling league when she achieved something bowlers dream of... a perfect game.
"Thirteen years ago I got my first 300 and so I've always been trying to get another one. So it took 17 years now to get another 300," says Vicki.
Her husband Rick has had a few more perfect games in his lifetime... somewhere around 20. But the bowling gods were looking down on him the very next day after Vicki's perfect game.
"I ended up on the same pair as Vicki. And the next game I ran them all and got a 300 in the same game that she got hers in the night before," says Rick.
Rick and Vicki started out decades ago, just bowling for fun.
"Saw all the good bowlers and I wanted to be like them, so I kept working at it. It's still hard. It's work," says Rick.
They both say it's the drive to keep competing with themselves that keeps them coming back.
And they insist there are a number of other bowlers in town who put their game to shame. They seem to give credit to everyone but themselves.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again, the bowling gods were very nice to us," says Rick.
"Everything was falling the right way that night," says Vicki.
Divine intervention, luck or skill- or all of the above- either way it's a story they'll want to tell for a long time.
MERRILL - The school bells rang Tuesday morning for students across Wisconsin.
Another school year has begun with kids looking forward to a new year.
It also means that drivers should be on the lookout around schools.
In Merrill, police keep a close watch around school zones the first few weeks of class.
Speed limits drop dramatically as drivers enter school zones.
Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff says it's important to be especially observant this time of year.
"Especially the first week or two of school because kids are excited, and maybe not so excited, about getting back to school," Neff said. "They're thinking about their friends and maybe not paying attention to traffic."
NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
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