RHINELANDER - Even though you can't predict exactly when bad weather can turn dangerous, you can be prepared.
The School District of Rhinelander teamed up with a local entrepreneur to show you how.
They're hosting a weather readiness course at Rhinelander High School.
Greg MacMorran founded Disaster Awareness LLC with one mission, helping others.
Since it's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness week, he focused his presentation on weather.
He wants people to realize disasters can happen any where, any time, any place.
"I don't think there's enough preparedness. I know homeland security is pushing it, Red Cross is pushing it, FEMA's pushing it," said MacMorran.
"We all need to work together as a community to be prepared."
But yesterday's attack in Boston showed us weather isn't the only threat.
MacMorran says there really isn't a way to prepare for situations like Boston, but there are ways to prevent it.
"The best way to do is be vigilant. And as homeland security always says, if you see something say something. If you see something suspicious like a bag or something like that, notify authorities right away."
He says Boston is known as a low or soft area.
What that means it's not a big city, but he wants people to know an attack could happen anywhere.
If you want to contact you MacMorran, you can reach him at 715-362-3541 or visit his Facebook page, Disaster Awareness, LLC.
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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