RHINELANDER - Your mom may have told you not to make loud noises, but these guys are staying busy by doing just that.
But it wasn't all beat-boxing Saturday night.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison MadHatters are an A Cappella men group formed of 15 singers and a vocal percussionist, but they're not your traditional A Cappella group.
"I think what separates us from a lot of other groups is that first and for most we're trying to have fun," said Business Manager, Joe Meeker.
"We're trying to have a product that we're really happy with, but at the end of the day we're just doing this to amuse ourselves. We hope that people will like that and we hope that it shows on stage."
And by the reaction from the crowd, it seems like they made that happen.
"It's really good, they do such a good job. It's nice that their a cappella come up and make it funny and talented too." said audience member, Dorothy Johnson.
"My favorite part was when he broke it down for the beat boxing," audience member, Karlie Raeka said.
"It just intrigues me how it comes out of one person.
They're not only popular here in Rhinelander, but they're also well-known across the country.
"We actually just this winter flew out to Washington D.C. to perform at the white house for guest of the president and first lady." Meeker said.
This weekend tickets were sold out, but you have another chance to catch them on April 19th in Madison.
"Definitely buy your tickets early because they sell really fast." said audience member, Jennine Karaba.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Some Wisconsin schools will be using gunshot-detection sensors when classes resume this fall to try to get police to respond more quickly to a mass shooting.
The sensors are among various security upgrades schools are rolling out with grant money state lawmakers approved this year after the shootings in Parkland, Florida.
The Kenosha Unified School District plans to use $384,000 of its nearly $900,000 award to install sensors from New Mexico-based EAGL Technology at its 43 schools. The system is designed to alert police within seconds of shots being fired and activate surveillance cameras near their location to livestream the scene to authorities. The sensors can also lock doors after gunshots.
EAGL Technology says the number of schools across the country expressing interest in the sensors has increased since Parkland.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander group working to maintain recreational trails in the area got some help in their mission. The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association received grants to help fund its various projects.
The group got two DNR Recreational Trail Act Grants totaled at a little more than $13,000. The WPS Foundation also gave a total of $1,800 in grants. The grant money will be used to help with multiple projects.
One project is to construct a boardwalk over the wetlands of the Cassian Cross County Ski Trail. RASTA is also going to construct a new ski trail at Washburn.
For more information on all of RASTA's projects, visit their Facebook page lined below.
FLORENCE COUNTY - Two high school students died in a car crash early Friday morning in Florence County. The wreck happened at around 6:20 a.m. according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
The vehicle was traveling north on County Highway N in the Commonwealth Township, when the driver lost control while making a turn. The vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway, and hit a tree, bursting into flames upon impact.
The names and ages of the Florence High School students will be released after notifications are made.
MINOCQUA - Owners of wooden boats describe them as labors of love.
"If you're going to own a boat like this, you have to have a commitment," said boat owner Marc Toigo. "It's not optional."
It's the kind of commitment Gordon Moore had when he helped start the Minocqua Antique Wooden & Classic Boat Show 26 years ago. Moore passed away in August, making this weekend's show the first without him.
"We're going to laugh a lot, because he'd want us to," said show organizer Al Hanley. "(Moore) had a great sense of humor, he was a truly unique individual."
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