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BOULDER JUNCTION - Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce members are looking to bring more visitors to the area.

One way they plan to do this is by adding more outdoor events like the Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon. 

Saturday, they held their second annual triathlon headquartered at Camp Manito-wish YMCA.

People from all over the country cross country skied, snowshoed, and fatbiked. 

"With the triathlons we have found that we're reaching a new market that hasn't been to Boulder Junction before and we got a lot of new faces," said Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Theresa Smith.

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MADISON - A report says Wisconsin last year saw a slight decrease in the number of students who received breakfast at school through a federally subsidized nutrition program.

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MADISON - Advocates say Wisconsin's nearly 400 nursing facilities are in crisis due to a shortage of workers and the state's low Medicaid reimbursement rate.

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EAGLE RIVER, WISCONSIN - People from around the United States visited Eagle River to drive as fast as they could through icy courses during the second annual Subaru Winter Experience. Most of them were here for fun, but one driver meant business.

Keanna Erickson-Chang doesn't have the bravado you'd expect in a race car driver.

"Typically I'm pretty calm, in the car and out," said Erickson-Chang.

She had no interest in racing cars growing up, she just took winter driving classes to be safer on the roads.
 
"But once I learned all the techniques in sliding the car," said Erickson-Chang. "I started having more fun and it snowballed from there."

Erickson-Chang has raced for four years. Saturday she took a pause to hone her skills on Dollar Lake at the second annual Subaru Winter Experience in Eagle River. She normally competes on gravel, but she used the ice instead for a chance to practice at slower speeds.

"We have to be early, because with the low grip it takes so long for everything to happen so patience is a key value out here," said Erickson-Chang.

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LINCOLN CO. - The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office is calling a death east of Merrill on Thursday a homicide.

In a press release on Friday morning, the sheriff's office said a 77-year-old woman was found shot and killed around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. In the same home, a 78-year-old man was found critically injured from a gunshot wound.

It happened at a home on Range Line Road in the Town of Pine River.

The sheriff's office said it believes the shooting is isolated and the public is not in danger.

The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Lab worked to process the scene.

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MINOCQUA, WISCONSIN -
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.

Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.

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RHINELANDER - A former contracted janitor accused of sexually assaulting a Rhinelander student appears headed for a trial.

Stavros Iliopoulos appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday afternoon.  Attorneys told Judge Michael Bloom they had not reached a plea deal.  Bloom decided to schedule one final pre-trial conference for late August before a two-day jury trial was set for Sept. 4 and 5.

In late November, police said Iliopoulos, 65, took a girl into a dark closet and hugged, kissed, and touched her inappropriately at Northwoods Community Elementary School, a public charter school in Harshaw.

Iliopoulos worked for a contracted company, Victory Janitorial, at the time.

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