ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - You can lose control of you're vehicle quickly in winter weather. But state troopers say that's preventable.
"Just drive defensively. Give yourself ample time to stop. Slow down. Be aware of your surroundings. Be aware of others around you," says Kristin Kempen, Wisconsin State Trooper.
Staying safe starts even before you put your key in the ignition. It's the law that you clean off your car of snow. This means all windshields and windows. Another spot on your car that sometimes you forget to clear...
"Definitely cleaning off your brake lights so the drivers behind you can see you. So anytime you stop or put fuel in or have a rest break, definitely make sure the head lights and the tail lights are cleared off," says State Trooper
And remember to turn on those head lights. This will make you more visible to other cars.
PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened his own school. It's the only violin making school in Wisconsin.
"The program itself is modeled after a German school of violin making," said New World School of Violin Making Owner Brian Derber. "Students have to fulfill a certain requirement before they can apply to graduate. So the minimum time they are with me is three years."
Students start out by making the body of a violin in their first year. As they progress, they add the scroll and varnish, which can take months for students to finish. Nearing the end of their stay, they can even try to make a cello.
"In the time that I have with students in the school here, I can only give them so much, and then it's time for them to go someplace else and get more knowledge," said Derber.
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