Eagle River Elementary kicks off Olympic Games for studentsSubmitted: 02/15/2018
Story By Fitzgerald, Maggie

Eagle River Elementary kicks off Olympic Games for students
EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River elementary kicked off its winter Olympic Games on Wednesday.

Some of the games included bobsledding, luge, curling, speed skating, and a team biathlon.

Each class picked its own country to represent.

Elementary school physical education teacher Trina Burr said they have been teaching the kids about the values of Olympians. 

"We've been discussing that all this week about what is an Olympian. The excellence part and the respect and the friendships they build and so that's why we thought we would go along with this because we need that in our culture," said Burr.

Sixth grader Zachary Ritter was in charge of helping the younger kids learn the games.

Ritter is a big fan of watching the U.S. athletes compete in Pyeongchang. He said they can teach kids like him valuable life lessons.

"In the future you might not always win but you just have to be respectful and humble when you do win," said Ritter.

Fifth grader Matanna Depuidt's favorite activity was the bobsledding because it is all about strength.

"They try their hardest at what they do and they never give up and you might be one of them when you grow up," said Depuidt.

Other events included scooter hockey, skeleton, and an arts and crafts station.

Leading up to the games, the students learned about the history of the Olympics and the meaning of the Olympic rings. 

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RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander group working to maintain recreational trails in the area got some help in their mission. The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association received grants to help fund its various projects.

The group got two DNR Recreational Trail Act Grants totaled at a little more than $13,000. The WPS Foundation also gave a total of $1,800 in grants. The grant money will be used to help with multiple projects. 

One project is to construct a boardwalk over the wetlands of the Cassian Cross County Ski Trail. RASTA is also going to construct a new ski trail at Washburn.

For more information on all of RASTA's projects, visit their Facebook page lined below.

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FLORENCE COUNTY - Two high school students died in a car crash early Friday morning in Florence County. The wreck happened at around 6:20 a.m. according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

The vehicle was traveling north on County Highway N in the Commonwealth Township, when the driver lost control while making a turn. The vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway, and hit a tree, bursting into flames upon impact.

The names and ages of the Florence High School students will be released after notifications are made.

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After last year's successful festival, the Rainbow Hodags planned an even bigger one for this year.

More than 75 people celebrated gay pride at the second annual Pride Fest in Arbor Vitae.

Lots of laughter, live music, and dancing filled the park. 

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The Vets and Guides event invites veterans from King, Tomah, and other areas to come to Lake Tomahawk for a day of fishing, food, and a good time.

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Robert Aufrere was found guilty of third degree child sexual assault in Oneida County Court Friday. 

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"Oh, phone ringing at 1, 2 in the morning, this can't be good," Walz said.

That anxiety turned to excitement.

"They said they had a homeowner with a bear in a basement," Walz said.

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They won't be there long.

Soon, it will head for Racine County, one of hundreds of truckloads delivering pipes to the Foxconn site.

Gov. Scott Walker promised luring the electronics company to southeastern Wisconsin would help the entire state. He visited County Materials on Friday. It's one of 27 contractors in the state selected to help with the Phase One build of Foxconn.

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