RHINELANDER - Thanks to one sweet treat, Fat Tuesday can be a good day to be Polish or at least pretend you're Polish.
You can do it right here in the Northwoods.
Traditionally, devout Polish Catholics looked to use up their lard and sugar before heading into Lent.
That's where a pastry called a paczki comes from.
Manager Randy Zadnik of the new Zadnik's Bistro in downtown Rhinelander will make between 2,000 and 3,000 of them Tuesday.
"Oh, yes. We've got fresh strawberry, blueberry, apricot. We've got custard. We also have cream cheese. There's one I'm missing, I'm sure, but there's seven flavors," he says.
By 6:30 Tuesday morning, customers were streaming in and out of Zadnik's to get their own paczki.
Zadnik's has been open three weeks where the old Zippy's restaurant used to be in Rhinelander.
Zadnik carried a few things over from Zippy's, but is starting fresh as well.
"We're going back to the basics. We're taking all the original things that people have done in the past, and making them work again, like going back to slicing your own cheese, slicing your own meat, my Italian sausage is imported, our sausage is fresh ground," he says.
Whether it's paczki or pizza, Zadnik knows what feeling he wants to give his customers when they eat his food.
"A wow. Wow, look at that sandwich on fresh-baked bread. All the products are fresh, everything in it is fresh, it was assembled to order, and it was cooked to order. So fresh, and outstanding," he says.
Today's the only day of the year Zadnik's makes paczki.
Our expert food critics here at Newswatch 12 give them a thumbs-up.
Wisconsin court to decide on testing drunk drivers
MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw suspected drunken drivers' blood without a warrant or driver consent.
The court said it would hear three drunken driving cases, two of which involved a homicide. That announcement came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a Missouri case that could call into question Wisconsin's law.
Wisconsin since 1993 has granted police authority to draw drunken driving suspects' blood without a warrant or consent.
About 5,000 people refused to comply with police tests in 2011 and 2012.
The eventual rulings in the three cases are expected to clarify how law enforcement can gather evidence in some Wisconsin drunken driving cases.
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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