LAND O'LAKES - Eleven years ago, retired Col. Don Hamilton wanted to make sure veterans were appreciated across the Northwoods.
"Me and two other guys, we kind of were having a cold beer one day and said 'You know, we ought to do something fun for the veterans,'" said Hamilton. "Why don't we just put them on a free snowmobile for a day?"
EAGLE RIVER - For Greg Herfindahl, 20 degrees below zero is the magic number.
When temperatures are colder than that, Herfindahl's school buses don't always cooperate.
He owns Schilleman Bus Service in Eagle River, and the thermometer reached 30 below in Land O'Lakes overnight. In the morning, the buses, which serve the Northland Pines School District, just didn't go.
"As soon as we started pulling out of the yard, right away they're losing power," Herfindahl said. "We've got issues."
As the diesel fuel gelled in frigid temperatures, buses stopped running, and Herfindahl told Northland Pines he couldn't confidently get students to school. That led to a day off for students.
THREE LAKES - Art teachers constantly strive to think of projects that will let students explore their creativity. Three Lakes Elementary School students are getting to work on something that will end up displayed far beyond their parent's refrigerators.
"I've had my class send letters, notes, nothing as big as this before," said Three Lakes Third Grade Teacher Jessica Noe.
MADISON - A power outage impacted terminal operations at the Madison airport for about 2 ½ hours.
The outage at the Dane County Regional Airport happened shortly before 5:30 a.m. Monday, and a backup generator also failed. Airport spokesman Brent McHenry told WMTV that passengers could not get on or off planes.
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