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.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People from all over the Northwoods celebrated Earth Day today. Students at Lac du Flambeau school participated in a natural resources fair today.
Classes, groups and individual students submitted projects to be judged. By doing the projects they learned the importance of Earth Day.
“Polluting could harm the earth and if that harms the earth later on we won't have a better earth to do stuff on like camping, or fishing, hiking and taking walks,” says Sky Risingsun, a Lac du Flambeau student.
35 projects were judged in the science competition. Each student was given a white spruce seed to take home and plant in their own yard.
“It's a white spruce which is a native tree to this area,” says Bryan Hoover, Lac du Flambeau Energy and Air Quality Coordinator. “We've got almost 500 of them and every student is going to take one home so that they can pick a spot in their yard to plant the new tree and watch that tree grow as it matures.”
MADISON - Wisconsin wildlife officials say they're going to hand out personalized certificates to successful first-time turkey hunters this year.
The Department of Natural Resources says hunters can fill out information about when and where they killed the bird as well as information on its weight and spur length on the agency's website. Hunters also can submit a photo of themselves with their turkeys.
The agency will send the certificates out electronically within a few weeks of receiving the information.
The certificate program will run during both the spring and fall hunts.
GREEN BAY - Two people convicted of mistreating cows at a Brown County dairy farm have been fined hundreds of dollars.
Lucia Martinez pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of mistreating animals, and Abelardo Jaimes pleaded no contest to one count. As part of a plea deal the charge was downgraded from a misdemeanor to a forfeiture.
Prosecutor David Lasee says with fines and court costs, Martinez will owe about $1,100, while Jaimes will have to pay $600 to $700.
Martinez, Jaimes and two others were charged after Mercy for Animals, an animal-rights group, secretly recorded workers beating injured cows.
Jaimes' attorney, Luca Lopes Fagundes, says workers were told they needed to make sure sick cows didn't remain down because they could die.
A message left with Martinez's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
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