RHINELANDER - Pantries provide healthy food to people who probably wouldn’t get it otherwise.
High demand pressures some pantries’ ability to help those that qualify.
That’s why one Northwoods group will use their wood crafting skills to help them raise money.
The Northwood Turners meet every Saturday to create wood work on lathes inside their workshop.
Bill Kingsbury use it as a retirement hobby and a way to relax.
"There is no pressure involved, you can turn something on a lathe or you don't have to you can do something else," Kingsbury said. "You get a feeling of what you want to and then just go for it and if it doesn't work out, there's the wood burner."
The St. Germain based group will sell their work at the Holiday Expressions fundraiser at Holiday Acres in November. All of that money will go to the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.
"We might someday be in the same situation where we have to go to the food pantry," Kingsbury said. "It just gives us a good feeling that we are benefiting the whole area here."
The fundraiser will be November 23rd in Rhinelander.
The Northwood Turners are also looking for new members. If your interested you can contact Kingsbury at (715)282-7338, or use the Northwood Turners website, www.northwoodturners.com
MADISON - A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.
The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.
U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen calls the ruling ``a victory for the law and for Wisconsin taxpayers.''
An attorney for the unions tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he needs to talk to his clients before deciding whether to appeal.
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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