PHELPS - A local Phelps wiz kid is on his way to Washington, D.C. next month to compete in the National Geographic Bee.
Robert Rosner, an 8th grader at Phelps School, won the Wisconsin State Geography Bee after making it there 4 years in a row.
For Rosner, preparing for this is more fun than work.
He enjoys studying and reading geography books and looking at maps on his walls.
The competition in Washington for nationals is only a month away and Robert still can't believe it. "Well, yeah I'm confident but I guess there's nerves about it. It's still really shocking that I won."
It may be surprising to Robert but not to his friends, family and staff at Phelps School.
Alex Sjogren, who is a teacher at Phelps School and in charge of the local competition, says he and others saw this coming from a mile away. "In all actuality, we all knew that he was going to have a great chance of winning the competition in Madison."
Out of 100 students who competed in the Wisconsin State Championship, Robert Rosner stands a top the geography bee mountain.
Alex Trebeck hosts the yearly national geography bee coming up on May 25th.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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