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.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to get the job done.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expected even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
MINOCQUA - The Minocqua police department could have a new police chief in early May. David Jeager has been the acting chief of police since October.
He will undergo a background check, drug screening, and psychological exam before he is named the current chief of police. He would be replacing former Police Chief Andy Gee. Jeager is excited about what the future may bring.
"I'm extremely excited," says Minocqua acting Police Chief David Jeager. "I believe that this department has great potential and we have a great group of people working for this department,” says Jeager.
“We have great officers, we have great dispatchers, we have great administration.I feel that we can really provide a service to this community that's second to none,” says Jeager.
Jeager has worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years. He's worked at the Minocqua Police Department for 6 years.
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