LAND O' LAKES - We hear about budget cuts that force schools to get rid of art programs.
A local arts organization wants to highlight the importance of arts education.
Land O' Lakes Area Artisans (LOLA) is a non-profit arts organization offering art classes and cultural programming to adults and kids.
This month, LOLA's gallery features an exhibit called, "What Will Kids Imagine Next?"
It features art work from local elementary and homeschool students.
"Putting [kid's art] in a frame all of the sudden elevates it into something totally different, putting it in a gallery setting. Parents will come in and say, 'My kid did that?' So it's pretty special to see it just really featured rather than in a backpack, on a refrigerator. And the public is aware, too, that, you know, what kids are doing is pretty special," said Land O' Lakes Area Artisans Program Director Wendy Powalisz.
Young artists and their families got to see their work featured in the exhibit Saturday.
LOLA decided to host the exhibit as part of National Youth Art Month.
The young artists also had the chance to meet local professional artists.
Those artists also critiqued the children's artwork.
Organizers want to make sure students always have arts education available to them.
"It's an essential component of their education. It lets them express themselves in a way they may not be able to do in another type of work in school. It also works both sides of the brain for creative thinking, and those kinds of skills - creative thinking is going to be very needed in our 21st century job marketplace," explained Powalisz.
The exhibit runs through March 22nd.
The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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