Fifth Graders Create Art to Battle Invasive SpeciesSubmitted: 04/18/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter

Fifth Graders Create Art to Battle Invasive Species
RHINELANDER - People worry more about aquatic invasive species after the ice melts in the Northwoods.

But this year, the awareness project is starting early - and at an early age for students.

Theresa Werner's fifth grade class in Rhinelander is just one of the classes in the area making posters.

The posters are for the Oneida County AIS contest.

The contest is meant to draw attention to the problem of invasives in our ter.

"(Eur)asian watermilfoil in some lakes, purple loosestrife, and zebra mussels in our lakes, and it's spreading really bad," says Alexa Adams.

"I was thinking that I just wanted to educate everybody about what invasive species can do to our waters," explains Izzy Haverkampf.
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"This is a very important project to me, so I took my time on this. I take my time on really good projects," says Robert Towne.

These posters will go against all other entries from the Oneida County area.

For Mrs. Werner's class, this project will become even more hands-on.

The students will go on the water to see invasive species for themselves.

"I'm really excited for it because I really want to see what it is all about and things like that," Hailee Verbist says.

The class will visit Boom Lake in late May - if there's no ice.

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WAUSAU - When you think of Wisconsin, two things might come to mind - beer and snow. 

The Granite Peak Ski Area in Wausau decided to combine the two and host an annual brew fest. 

Andy Ledesma is the head brewer at Red Eye Brewing Company in Wausau. The Granite Peak Brew Fest is one of the many perks of his job.

"No other beer fest is like this, that's for sure," said Ledesma.

He definitely wasn't alone serving more than 40 beers on Saturday. 

Jeff Geurink works for South Shore Brewery in Ashland. They've been around for 20 years, but they wanted to make this brew fest a part of their line up.

"Get our name out there and make sure people are enjoying our beer and get as much information as possible out about our brewery so then when they go out and get a beer, they remember us," said Geurink.

Something everyone will remember from the brew fest was the set-up.

"Snow bar?! You can't get that in the summer time," said Roland Bruhnke.

He's right. Most beer festivals are in the summer. But when it's still feeling like winter in March, Granite Peak turns lemons into lemonade, or more appropriately, hops into beer.

"I think it definitely helped that when they get to the bottom of the hill, you see a bunch of beer," said beer salesman Jesse Bartnik.

So even though beer and physical activity isn't the best combination, dozens of people were loving it this weekend.

"The winter, the skiing, the beer, it's all one big package all rolled into one," said Bruhnke.

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RHINELANDER - This time of year, winter activies start to wind down and the summer fun hasn't quite started yet.

That's why Fisher's Resort and Bar on Lake George in Rhinelander enjoys having it's annual ice golf tournament each year.

"In year's past, March is always kind of a slower season up here in the Northwoods so we figured we'd create an event and put efforts towards a local organization," said Fisher's Resort and Bar owner, Russ Fisher.

That local organization they raise money for is the Hodag Sno-trails snowmobile club.

This year, the tournament had it's biggest turn out.

30 teams came to play, including first timer Dennis Herrmann who lives right across the lake.

"This has nothing to do with golf, I can tell you that right now. But it's a challenge for all the obvious reasons. But you do it for the charity, you do it for the fun and it gives everybody the chance to get out," said Herrmann.

This year they cut it down from 18 holes to 13 so people could get inside faster to enjoy the chili and the raffle items after their round of golf.

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RHINELANDER - The warmer weather might have you spending more time outside with man's best friend.

But the remaining snow and ice could increase the risk of injury for dogs.

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MERRILL - Police say a Stevens Point man tried to pay to have sex 15-year-old girl. 
Police arrested Leo Pelot, 67, on Tuesday. 

According to a criminal complaint, an undercover agent with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office posed as the 15-year-old's aunt. 

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WISCONSIN - Sarah D'Acquisto often visits sites like "backpage" and "skipthegames." D'Acquisto is a Wausau police officer working in the Community Resource Unit. Her team focusses on drug and human trafficking, prostitution, and she often works undercover. 
"There's never been a night that we haven't arrested somebody whether it's a 'John' or a person seeking the sex act or a female that's coming in to provide that for one of our undercovers," said D'Acquisto, who's starting her third year with the unit. 

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CRANDON - Planners in Tomahawk dreamed about a bike loop around the city starting in the early 2000s.

Two decades later, it's finally about to happen.

After more than 15 years of negotiation, the city bought a critical piece of land from the Canadian National railroad.

It will allow the city to start building a 4.6 mile bike loop around the city.

"It's a win-win for everybody. There was a little frustration from by position, but you just...kept your foot on the gas through the whole process," said Tomahawk Public Works Director John Cole.

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The Crandon School Board voted unanimously Friday evening to change the wording of superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder's absence from the district.

Kryder is now on "paid administrative leave." Originally, he had been "suspended with pay."

The board said it made the change based on advice of its lawyer. The board met for two and a half hours in closed session on Friday.

Kryder is under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

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