Three Lakes and Sugar Camp students enjoy a fun-filled FridaySubmitted: 02/03/2017
Phylicia Ashley
Phylicia Ashley

Three Lakes and Sugar Camp students enjoy a fun-filled Friday
THREE LAKES - Students usually can't wait for the bell to ring on Friday afternoons. But Three Lakes and Sugar Camp students wouldn't mind if this Friday lasted a little longer.

Melinda Gohl's 4K class is usually filled with 4- and 5-year-olds. But today they're dressed up as a much older generation.

Her class is celebrating the 100th day of school.

"The kids have been looking forward to this for so long," said Gohl."We count down every day we count up to 100. It's just a really fun day to know that we made it to 100 days and we're 100 days smarter here at school."

All day students have been doing activities centered around the number 100--like making 100 Froot Loop necklaces--and even some physical activity. 

"They're going to do 100 jumping jacks later for our brain break," said Gohl.

Gohl used this day to incorporate math and challenged students to count to 100. Parents even got involved in helping to make costumes.

"Ms. Gohl didn't know I was wearing this and she [couldn't recognize me]," said 4-year-old Claira Canada, who was dressed as a 100-year-old grandma. 

These 100-year-old students weren't the only ones celebrating a milestone on Friday. Three Lakes and Sugar Camp students got to snowshoe and ski for the first time during recess.

"It's really fun because it's an opportunity we never had, and now we get the chance to try it out," said 8-year-old Ian Lamon. 

This was an experience the teachers also looked forward to.

"It's fun to get them out of the classroom and outside for a little bit," said third-grade teacher Ali Pichowski.  

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RHINELANDER - This time of year, winter activies start to wind down and the summer fun hasn't quite started yet.

That's why Fisher's Resort and Bar on Lake George in Rhinelander enjoys having it's annual ice golf tournament each year.

"In year's past, March is always kind of a slower season up here in the Northwoods so we figured we'd create an event and put efforts towards a local organization," said Fisher's Resort and Bar owner, Russ Fisher.

That local organization they raise money for is the Hodag Sno-trails snowmobile club.

This year, the tournament had it's biggest turn out.

30 teams came to play, including first timer Dennis Herrmann who lives right across the lake.

"This has nothing to do with golf, I can tell you that right now. But it's a challenge for all the obvious reasons. But you do it for the charity, you do it for the fun and it gives everybody the chance to get out," said Herrmann.

This year they cut it down from 18 holes to 13 so people could get inside faster to enjoy the chili and the raffle items after their round of golf.

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WAUSAU - When you think of Wisconsin, two things might come to mind - beer and snow. 

The Granite Peak Ski Area in Wausau decided to combine the two and host an annual brew fest. 

Andy Ledesma is the head brewer at Red Eye Brewing Company in Wausau. The Granite Peak Brew Fest is one of the many perks of his job.

"No other beer fest is like this, that's for sure," said Ledesma.

He definitely wasn't alone serving more than 40 beers on Saturday. 

Jeff Geurink works for South Shore Brewery in Ashland. They've been around for 20 years, but they wanted to make this brew fest a part of their line up.

"Get our name out there and make sure people are enjoying our beer and get as much information as possible out about our brewery so then when they go out and get a beer, they remember us," said Geurink.

Something everyone will remember from the brew fest was the set-up.

"Snow bar?! You can't get that in the summer time," said Roland Bruhnke.

He's right. Most beer festivals are in the summer. But when it's still feeling like winter in March, Granite Peak turns lemons into lemonade, or more appropriately, hops into beer.

"I think it definitely helped that when they get to the bottom of the hill, you see a bunch of beer," said beer salesman Jesse Bartnik.

So even though beer and physical activity isn't the best combination, dozens of people were loving it this weekend.

"The winter, the skiing, the beer, it's all one big package all rolled into one," said Bruhnke.

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Quade's 18-month old son, Benny, was diagnosed with Down syndrome when he was born.

"It's actually a really, really awesome thing. People with Down syndrome are wonderful loving people and they are just as capable of doing as much as anybody else," said Quade.

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Ellen Tran's trial is expected to start with jury selection on October 19.

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The congress asks hearing attendees every year for their positions on current outdoors issues. The answers are advisory only.

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RHINELANDER - Kathie Woodford keeps track of each time she donates blood.  Her visit to a Rhinelander blood drive on Friday marked her 26th pint.

"I just recently got my third gallon," Woodford said.

The universal donor (Woodford has O-negative blood) likes to give as often as she can, but Friday's blood drive was one she simply couldn't miss.

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PORTAGE COUNTY - Portage County will hold an information meeting to share information about a sexually violent offender that will soon be released.

Gregory Loomis, 43, sexually assaulted two children in 1988 and 1992.

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