EAGLE RIVER - The Vilas County Maps Department redesigned their parcel maps to an award winning level.
After about ten years of data punching, the Vilas County Maps Department has one of the best parcel maps in the state.
The department won first and second place ribbons for the best base map and miscellaneous map categories.
The maps use GIS technology allowing for more information to be readily available and for multipurpose use says Tony Jones, Parcel Mapper and Survey Supervisor with the department.
"You can see what your land looks like. It can be used for a number of departments within the county itself, sheriffs department, invasive species, planning and zoning, any number of other departments use these maps."
The level of information in their maps is what separates Vilas County from others in the state according to Adam Grassl, GIS Analyst.
"The advantage that we have is being done with the entire county as far as parcel mapping. Some counties are still catching up on getting an entire data set."
Jones says the redesigned parcel maps can give you a lot of information. "You can measure side distances. You can measure approximate acreage. A lot of it is approximate, there's no substitute for an actual land survey. There is a number of things you can find, how close you are to lakes, streams, the distance to the nearest road or major highway, any number of things."
The Vilas County Index Parcel Maps are available to anyone through the link below.
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
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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