RHINELANDER - People run for many reasons -- for fun, for competition, or to stay in shape.
But in September, you can run to remember.
Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Kory Dahlvig died three years ago while he was on duty.
Now, his family members want to turn that sad memory into an opportunity.
"I wanted to turn a tragic event into a positive community event, make something that would keep people talking in the community," said Melissa Lane, Dahlvig's cousin. "Just taking that day and saying 'We're going to remember Kory today.' Our family thinks about him every day."
Lane is organizing the "Run to Remember" 5k on the Nicolet College campus.
Dahlvig's badge number was 235, so Lane set a goal of 235 runners.
That's a big goal for a first-year run.
"We have a really good team of people behind the run to get it organized right now," she said. "We're looking for some volunteers on race day to do things like be on the road crew. The biggest help we need from the community is to have them come out and support the event."
The Run to Remember and Family Fun Day is Saturday, September 21.
You can register by calling 715-365-4518, or by visiting the links below.
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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