RHINELANDER - The nation celebrated National Superhero Day on Sunday, but we wanted to find a hero among us.
There's usually one person in our lives who's inspired us, encouraged us, and impacted us in a positive way.
You might call them your superhero.
Some Rhinelander students spoke about their own superhero and how his impact changed their lives.
"I don't think you can describe Dick in a few words"
But stubborn, compassionate and hard headed are a few that make the cut.
"He gave you the drive to make it through the course work, which was not easy. He just was a great inspiration," said student Jeff Headberg.
For 25 years, Dick Scuglik was the center of the IT department at Nicolet Technical College.
Over the decades, he transformed the program.
"He went through the whole process of changing it from data processing to information technology. Changing the focus of it from the AS 400 computing to desktop, networking," said his wife Kim Schey-Scuglik.
"Spending 25 years, building this program from scratch, and being the primary focus- he was the man to go to. He knew the program in and out," said his student Bob Klitzka.
Student Deb Christie saw a change in herself too. With the help of Dick, she got back in the classroom.
"He also encouraged me to the point where, you can do anything you set your mind to do and he said, 'You'd be very good at this,' and sometimes I told him he was full of it, but he was correct, he was correct," said Christie.
As Dick's students passed through the program, there was a change that no one was prepared for.
Dick was diagnosed with skin cancer in spring of 2011.
"The skin cancer spread to his spinal column, before we even realized- it took 40 years for it to spread that way," said Kim.
Radiation, chemotherapy and surgery were the next step.
Kim says even through chemo, he was stubborn as always.
"He told me, go to work, I'll get the chemo it'll be fine. So I called there in the afternoon and I talked to him and I said, how are you? And he says, I'm really tired, I did something stupid. I said what'd you do? He says, I rode my bike 5 miles. He was so frustrated and angry over the cancer," she said. For a year, Dick fought.
But on June 14th 2012, Kim lost her husband.
Deb lost her teacher.
"I couldn't take that. I really couldn't. That hurt, because I was expecting to go through the whole course with him here. If not holding my hand at least, you know encouraging me," said Christie.
Dick can't be there for graduation day in May, but Deb wants to honor Dick by walking across that stage.
"I want to walk in cap and gown and get handed my diploma, and say 'This is for you, Dick, and I really think Dick is and was, a superhero."
Dick's students have established The Dick Scuglik Memorial Scholarship at Nicolet College.
MARINETTE COUNTY - A 90-year-old man died in an ATV crash in Marinette County late Saturday afternoon.
According to the Marinette County Sheriff's Office, it happened private property north of Newton Lake in the Town of Athelstane.
90-year-old James Bosanny was driving the ATV with his 64-year-old son, James Bosanny, Jr., on board. He lost control on a small hill after hitting a plow before the ATV accelerated and hit a tree. They both were thrown off the ATV. The 90-year-old died at the scene.Crews took the son first to Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette and then later taken to a hospital in Green Bay for serious injuries.
The sheriff's office says neither was wearing a helmet. Police don't think alcohol or speed played a part in the crash.
Crews are still investigating. James Bosanny, Sr., was from Monroe, Wisconsin, and his son, James Bosanny, Jr., was from Hortonville, Wisconsin.
TOMAHAWK - Car enthusiasts flocked to Tomahawk Sunday for the Main Street Memories car show.
The 22nd annual car show attracted cars and visitors from all over.
The streets of Tomahawk were filled with more than 200 cars of all different kinds. Main Street Memories car show is a Memorial Day tradition.
"You know 22 years going strong, and we're proud of it," said Tomahawk Main Street director Christine Vorpagel. "Tomahawk Main Street, we're all about historic preservation and sustainable development."
For many spectators, car shows are another way of learning about American history.
CONOVER - The rain fortunately stayed away in Conover for a part of Sunday afternoon just in time for the grand opening of the Conover-Phelps bike trail.
The project has been years in the making, and now it's ready to ride. A couple hundred people and local leaders came out in support of it.
"There's a real feel for people being enthusiastic about this," said Jeff Currie, the President of Great Headwaters Trails, which helped lead the bike trail project.
It's supposed to connect Conover to Phelps through nearly 11 miles of paved trail. The first part is open and goes from Conover Community Park to Muskrat Creek Road.
"3.2 miles on the ground and ready to be ridden on biked or hiked," said Brian Blank, the chairman of the Conover-Phelps Trail Capital Campaign.
"When people hear about a town and then when people say, have you seen their bike trail, it's just, right away it's like there's more to that town than I thought there was," Currie said.
While not yet complete, project leaders are hopeful the trail will be finished soon. Project leaders say the second part of the trail, about five miles long, is fully engineered but about 60 percent funded.
"We're about $200,000 away from completing the remaining five miles," Blank said.
"You know that funding could come, and when it does, five miles of trail in two or three months will be on the ground," Currie said.
"I have no doubt in the next couple years this trail will be completed all the way to Phelps," said Gary Meister, the vice president of Great Headwaters Trails.
The trail is non-motorized so, no ATVs allowed, but it will be a snowmobile trail in the winter.
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