PHILLIPS - Hundreds of Northwoods kids find themselves working on a piece of history this school year.
Phillips middle and high schoolers have been working on this tile mural since November.
It's made from hundreds of clay pieces.
Students draw on paper first, then transfer the designs to clay.
The inspiration comes from the Friends of Fred Smith. The group looks after the Phillips artist's Wisconsin Concrete Park.
Administrator Sharyn Friedell wants everyone to be involved.
"We are encouraging the kids to express through art, how they feel, what they think about their home, their school, their families, their friends," Friedell said. "So, it is truly a community project."
Right now, high schoolers and volunteers are finishing the underglaze work. Friedell thinks the kids have taken a real ownership to the project.
"We had kids coming through the mural room here every period and they'd come in and look at the mural and say, 'Oh, there's one of mine,' so it's been great," Friedell said. "It's been great for all of us."
The Friends of Fred Smith hired two Door County clay artists to help lead the 170 kids working on the mural.
They plan to hang the finished product during an open house at the school in April.
ARMSTRONG CREEK - Around 9:12 a.m. on Saturday emergency responders assisted a 49-year-old Crandon man who accidentally shot himself while hunting in Armstrong Creek, according to DNR Safety Specialist Warden Mark Little.
Little said the man saw a deer while sitting in his truck. He went to grab his rifle, and as he was manipulating the gun it went off. A bullet went through the man's upper right leg and lower left leg, exiting out the driver-side door.
EAGLE RIVER - Americans eat more than 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. That much thawing, handling, and cooking of turkeys means people can make mistakes.
The Vilas County Public Health Department wants to help people avoid exposing themselves to dangerous bacteria. It says frozen turkeys should always be thawed in the refrigerator or under running water.
"You don't want to set them out on your countertop for any amount of time to thaw them because that's when they're going to be in the 'danger zone.' The 'danger zone' is between 40 and 140 [degrees Fahrenheit], and that's when pathogens can grow," said Vilas County Registered Sanitarian Amy Springer.
ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.
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