TOMAHAWK - While waiting for spring to get here, one group of high schoolers is jumping ahead, all the way to summer. A sports and entertainment marketing class at Tomahawk High School is planning a big party. They're working with the Tomahawk Chamber to host the first annual Party in the Park in July.
The event will have food, fun, and entertainment for the whole family. Students are organizing all aspects of the event, as well as designing flyers and getting the word out.
"Kind of give them a real world experience, give them a real job, not just something their simulating. So it's a win-win for the whole community," says Tamra Anderson, Tomahawk Chamber Executive Director.
The students have encountered some challenges. But the chamber director has been impressed with the students hard work so far.
"It's been really fun. I've been in the classroom for about three weeks working with them now. It's a total great experience for my self working with the students. We've had a lot of fun. We have some really, really talented students in the class," says Tamra Anderson.
The class still has a lot to do before the event. That includes doing work after school finishes in summer. But they say it's been worth it.
"It's been a fun experience but it also has deadlines and those deadlines have to be met." says Slava Perrodin, a senior in the class.
The event is set to kick off the summer holiday in Tomahawk on July 3rd in Veterans Memorial Park.
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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