ANTIGO - For 38 years, homes, garages and even picnic tables could be built with supplies from "Great Lakes Hardwoods and World of Wood".
Now the Antigo business is closing its doors.
Owner Peter Pennington says it's simply time to retire.
His father started the wholesale lumber and building center in 1975.
Over the decades, Peter says it's been a true family business.
“Lumber and trees has been in my family forever. My great-grandfather was a logger, my dad was a logger when he was young and he got to be selling whole sale lumber from Menomonee County. Then when we started the wholesale yard, and 2 years later we started this lumber yard. And it's just been a family thing, kind of my dad's dream,” said Pennington.
Even though he's going to miss people coming into his store every day, he feels pride when driving down the streets of Antigo.
“It's kinda neat when you drive down the road and say, 'Geeze, I sold that guy that roof, or we put that siding on that house or do you see that garage back there? Last year we had that built for the guy.' It's going to be neat to drive down the road and see all the things that you supplied lumber to and building materials all the last 10 years,” said Pennington.
Peter hopes people remember him as the "Wood guy from the North side".
You can still visit him at World of Wood.
Everything at the store is for sale, including the land, buildings and equipment.
Wisconsin court to decide on testing drunk drivers
MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw suspected drunken drivers' blood without a warrant or driver consent.
The court said it would hear three drunken driving cases, two of which involved a homicide. That announcement came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a Missouri case that could call into question Wisconsin's law.
Wisconsin since 1993 has granted police authority to draw drunken driving suspects' blood without a warrant or consent.
About 5,000 people refused to comply with police tests in 2011 and 2012.
The eventual rulings in the three cases are expected to clarify how law enforcement can gather evidence in some Wisconsin drunken driving cases.
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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