EAGLE RIVER - Nikki Deditz and Amanda Farrow will always remember their junior prom…and the friends that made it special.
Project UNIFY students at Northland Pines High School wanted to make sure Nikki and Amanda got the same prom experience as any student.
"We're just looking to be able to make memories with each other and have the best prom that we possibly could," said Courtney Heller, the Project UNIFY president.
With the prom invite hanging up in their homes, Nikki and Amanda got to work on their prom look.
They had their hair curled, nails done, and the perfect dresses picked out.
"Really excited, so excited to be going to prom, said Nikki Deditz.
Friends and family members helped Nikki and Amanda get ready.
Their parents wanted them to feel pampered.
"This is her first time having her hair done up. Just doing everything a young lady would want to do this time in her life. The hair, the dress, just really making them feel special," said Arlyce Farrow, Amanda's mom.
Nikki and Amanda were excited to get to prom.
"I like to dance. I get to eat," said Amanda Farrow.
And the parents were excited to see their little girls all dressed up.
"She did look like a princess. You could just tell when she put in on she felt pretty. She'd come out and was walking really elegantly," said Mary Deditz, Nikki's mom.
Nikki and Amanda's families, friends, and teachers all came to see the girls in their dresses.
"Seeing the smile on her face, that's all I want."
Everyone was excited to see Nikki and Amanda just be a part of the girls.
"I'm very thrilled for her. Everyone should have a chance to go and they don't have to have a date. But they're going to go and to feel included by that group is wonderful," said Mary Deditz.
Nikki and Amanda's moms believe the community does a lot to make their daughters happy.
"We are very blessed to live in this community. Such an accepting community, high school, teachers, everyone. It's just been a wonderful experience. I always tell her teacher it takes a village, and we have a wonderful village here," said Mary Deditz.
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.
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.
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.
A snowmobile rider was injured after colliding with a garbage truck Friday morning in Saint Germain. The crash happened at the intersection of STH 155 and Birchwood Dr. around 10:30 a.m. according to a press release from the Vilas County Sheriff's Office.
Responding officers say the snowmobile was travelling eastbound on a trail. When the snowmobile driver attempted to cross STH 155, they failed to yield to the garbage truck as it was traveling northbound and ultimately struck the driver's side of the truck.
Witnesses on the scene told officers the garbage truck didn't stop and it didn't seem like the driver knew the snowmobile struck it.
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.
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.
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