EAGLE RIVER - The Journey's Marathon has been met with less than ideal weather conditions in the past, and today wasn't any different. Runners braved a chilly wind for the 17th running of the annual event.
Today's winner was reigning champ Matt Radtke from Merrill. His race time was 2:48:33. Radtke told us how he kept going for the long haul.
"We passed the leader at around mile 20, so that gave me inspiration to keep going," says Radtke.
Today's race was part of one man's quest to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Forty-year-old Trent Morrow is know as the "Marathon Man. He made Journeys his 43rd marathon of 2013. Morrow is trying to beat the current record of 157 races in a calendar year.
"It's been cold. I certainly haven't started too many this year where there's been snow falling, so that was a little bit different. The scenery was absolutely spectacular and I've got to say the people were really friendly. I was fortunate enough to share the road with some great people out there today."
One of those people he shared the road with today is quickly becoming a marathon pro. He completed his second marathon today, and he's only 13 years old.
"Marathons are better when you have someone to talk with. So this guy was a unique person to talk to," says Jacob Odrzywolski, from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
This years race brought in a record breaking number of runners. One thousand twenty eight athletes hit the pavement from the Boulder Junction area to Eagle River.
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.
MADISON - A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.
The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.
U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen calls the ruling ``a victory for the law and for Wisconsin taxpayers.''
An attorney for the unions tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he needs to talk to his clients before deciding whether to appeal.
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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