EAGLE RIVER - Parents often tell their kids not to play with their food.
But one Northwoods woman has made a career of it.
"Food is visual and it's an art form," says Food stylist Cyndy Lagerhausen.
Ever wonder why you can never make a dish look as good as in a cookbook?
That's because you're not a food stylist like Chef Cyndy Lagerhausen.
"A food stylist is actually a person who prepares the food for photography. I make the food look really great so that the photos look really good," explains Lagerhausen.
Cyndy thinks cooking is the easy part of her food styling job.
"I actually troubleshoot. I have to make things work like pours, like to be able to pour food. I have to be able to make cereals stand up instead of sink down, so those are the kinds of things that - that's the expertise that I bring to the business," she says.
Food styling may sound crazy, but it's a lucrative business.
"My clients include Kraft. I work for Sarah Moulton from the food Network. I do a lot of things with her. I work a lot in network television on the food segments on the morning shows. I do infomercials which is kind of interesting," she adds.
Cyndy also teaches classes.
"I try and teach and stress in my classes, not only is it how food tastes, but it's also very visual. What looks good actually tastes better."
After 20 years in the business, Cyndy decided she could do her job from anywhere.
She moved to Eagle River from the Chicago area.
She still teaches food styling to international students and also styles for morning newscasts in Chicago.
"I think that's the primary draw for me is that it's just artistic and creative," Cyndy says.
And it's also challenging.
Cyndy had a fear of bugs until she had to style chocolate covered tarantulas and sauteed garlic scorpions for an exotic food event.
"It's always different. It's ever-changing," she says.
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.
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.
WOODRUFF - Shoveling snow can hurt your back. But some may not know that staring at all that snow can hurt your eyes.
The term albedo tells us the amount of light that's either absorbed into the ground or reflected back up. On days like Friday, the snow pack will really make it look brighter out and boost the albedo amount. That's hard on the eyes.
Dr. Kirby Redman is an Optometrist in Woodruff. He says there are simple ways to protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.
THREE LAKES - Plenty of Three Lakes High School students didn't know what they want to do for a career as of Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, many still weren't sure, but dozens got an inside look at possible careers.
The school held its annual Career Day on Friday morning. About 25 presenters included police, an FBI agent, college teachers, and graphic designers.
The school first held Career Day in 2009. Organizers hope students realize they have plenty of opportunities close to home.
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.
SEYMOUR, IND. - A chain-reaction crash in southern Indiana killed a Minocqua couple on Wednesday morning.
Glenn Cardelli and his wife, Kathryn, both 57 years old, were traveling in south an RV near Seymour, Ind., on Interstate 65. The RV was behind a semi and an SUV, both of which slowed due to highway maintenance.
Another semi failed to slow down behind the stalled traffic and crashed into the Cardellis' RV. The crash killed the couple and John Mumma, 67, an Illinois man driving the SUV.
The vehicles caught fire. Interstate 65 was closed for about eleven hours for cleanup and crash investigation.
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