EAGLE RIVER - Some local elementary schoolers proved you don't need to be in Sochi to feel the Olympic spirit.
Elementary schoolers in Eagle River could fool you into thinking you were in Sochi.
Students ditched their school books for flags and athletic gear to participate in the 2014 Eagle River Elementary Olympics Thursday.
"We have speed-skating. We have curling. We have scooter hockey. We have snow soccer. We have the biathlon and we also have a snow sled race," said Physical Education teacher Trina Burr.
Fellow students also demonstrated their athletic skills.
A Northland Pines High school student put on a figure skating show for the kids.
And the Special Olympics snowshoe team demonstrated their skills.
Before the competition began, more than 300 students and teachers gathered in the gym for the opening ceremony.
Just like the opening ceremony in Sochi, there was song and dance, and even a pledge.
Eagle River's own Olympian, 2010 women's hockey silver medalist Jinelle Zaugg- Siergiej offered some advice to the competitors in a video message.
"I want to make sure that you guys take away just part of what I learned throughout my experience. And one is never to give up. Two is to make sure to make yourself some goals and don't let anything stop you from reaching those goals," she said.
Maddie Jovanovic's class represented Great Britain. Like all other classes, they spent the last few weeks learning about their country.
"We learned about the accents and they have different names and stuff for what we say. It's cool," explained Jovanovic.
Many of the elementary schoolers have been watching the Olympics.
One sport stands out as a favorite: ice hockey.
But Maddie Jovanovic's favorite sport to watch is figure skating. It's inspired her to take lessons.
"It's fascinating to me…I want to do figure skating because I want to improve on my skating so I want to take lessons and stuff," she said.
Even though the students competed against one another, they could all agree on one thing: they would love to represent the United States in the REAL Olympics. And they already know how they'd feel.
"Very cool...kind of nervous," said 3rd grader Alex Carrillo.
"I want to be an Olympian because I want to be good at sports," said 2nd grader Joseph Brown.
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.
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.
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.
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