Now two Korean War veterans from Eagle River will get to visit the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Thursday Eagle River Elementary School students surprised the veterans with the news.
"It was quite an experience, you know. I was from a little town in southern Wisconsin and it was quite a trip across the ocean," said Korean War Veteran Art Collien.
But, the adventure came with a lifetime of difficult memories.
"It's something you don't talk about a lot. I wrote some letters to mothers, and parents, wives," recalled Korean War Veteran Merton Jensen.
Collien and Jensen both served in the Army.
They also both fought in the Korean War.
And Thursday the Eagle River men both received quite an honor.
Eagle River Elementary students presented the veterans with their tickets for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.
It's a program that gives veterans a free trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the war memorials.
The Eagle River Area Fire Department and Eagle River Elementary teachers and staff each raised $500 to sponsor the veterans.
"Knowing that we're sending a former firefighter [Collien] from Eagle River on it is really a great honor. We had no idea who was going to be picked. We were just willing to do a sponsorship for a vet from the local area," explained Eagle River Fire Department Deputy Chief Jim Bonson.
"It's really important to instill a sense of pride and patriotism in all of these kids that are so young and impressionable. And the biggest thing is we want kids to be able to walk up to a veteran and say, 'Thank you for your service,'" said teacher Sarah Simac.
"Elated. That's the only word I could think of. Very, very proud, and very, very happy about it," said Jensen.
"It was quite emotional there for a while...this'll be my first time...It'll probably be emotional, too."
Both the men are grateful for the chance to see the Korean War Memorial for the first time.
But those on hand to celebrate believed it was a small gesture of thanks to two men who risked their lives in the service to our country.
"Without their service, we wouldn't feel - I wouldn't feel real safe...Everyone should appreciate the veterans," explained 5th grader Mika Tinstman.
Merton Jenson will travel to Washington, D.C. April 14th.
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.
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.
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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