EAGLE RIVER - More bees will be coming to the Northwoods this Spring, in Eagle River to be exact.
Northland Pines Eighth graders have been working hard to create beehives to house honey bees.
The project was initially started as a way of involving kids with science and the community.
Technology students used computer software to plan and create the structure of the hives.
Art students created exterior designs by painting the outsides of the honey bee homes.
"Well I was looking for a project to have the students engage in real science on school grounds," said Eighth Grade Science Teacher Todd Wilfer. "That led me to find out that there is no community resource for honey bees in Vilas County and that's how the program ultimately developed".
Safety precautions are in place to protect both the bees and students.
The beehives will be placed in a fenced-off enclosure 8 feet high as well as 20 feet long and wide.
Furthermore, the hives will be placed a distance of 200 yards away from the school.
When time comes to extract honey, students will don protective bee-keeping suits to minimize stings.
"If we have a nice warm Summer, the bees will flourish and we should have enough honey to draw off of the hive in Fall," said Wilfer. "That honey is planned to be distributed back to our bee sponsors from the Adopt-a-Bee program".
The school notes that it has EpiPens and staff trained to use them for any allergy emergencies.
The honey bees are set to arrive at Northland Pines Middle School sometime this April.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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