EAGLE RIVER - People could shop and learn at Northland Pines High School this weekend.
“Jewelry and glass, and pottery, postcards. You name it. There’s just a little bit of something for everybody,” says Steve Bina, manager of the Eagle River Antique Show.
Twenty-five vendors from six different states set up shop in Eagle River this weekend.
It was the 21st annual Eagle River Antique Show.
Dealers from as far as South Carolina came to town because they know they’ll sell quite a bit of antiques.
“One of the things that people do on vacation is they like to go to antique shops and kind of mosey around, and so we just thought it was a natural place for us to have a show,” Bina adds.
He expected 1,000 people to attend the two-day show.
“We’ve always sold well at this show. People up here have the knowledge and appreciation of good antiques,” says Frances Rosenau, owner of Time’s Treasure’s Antiques.
But it’s not just about business. Bina donates some of the admission profits to local organizations.
“Some of the money is going to go to the humane society, and then also a share will also go to St. Peter’s youth group that are also doing our concessions here today,” he says.
Many of the dealers are former teachers. They hope teenagers will become interested in antiques.
“I think it’s a wonderful way for students and families to come to learn about beautiful things from different periods of time,” says former teacher Clarann Stocker. She now owns Antiques on Spirit.
“Coming to an antique show is like coming to see a piece of the past. It’s a history lesson as you walk around here,” Bina adds.
He hoped free admission for kids 16 and under would pull them in.
At least 80 teenagers attended the educational experience on Saturday.
But people of all ages could learn a thing or two.
The dealers offered free seminars Sunday.
Frances Rosenau has one simple piece of advice for people who want to collect antiques: “If you’re buying for investment, make sure what you’re buying is good quality and you can live with it. Our rule about buying something is: if we never sell it, we can die with it and be happy.”
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.”
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.
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