PRESQUE ISLE - You can find a magazine for almost any hobby, interest or passion.
If your passion is the great state of Wisconsin (and whose isn't?), there's now a magazine for that, too.
"Our Wisconsin" is a magazine that's more of a friendly conversation between neighbors.
It features photos and stories from around the state.
Editor Mike Beno lives in Presque Isle.
He moved there to retire from the magazine industry, but that didn't last long.
"We think there's a lot of stories in Wisconsin that really deserve to be told. Stories from people across the state, all 72 counties," Beno said. "'Our Wisconsin' is written by readers, it gives people a chance to put voice to their stories."
The first issue of the magazine came out in December.
Since then, 35,000 people have subscribed.
"I did not expect it to grow this fast. Our direct-mail issue went out, the average in the industry is one to two percent response," Beno said. "We got north of 23 percent. So we have high hopes for the magazine."
Beno talked to people in Boulder Junction about the magazine at the library tonight.
A man from Boulder Junction took the photo you see on the first issue.
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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