EAGLE RIVER - Finishing a 5k race can bring you a rewarding feeling, regardless of age. Dozens of third, fourth and fifth graders from Northland Pines are up for the challenge. Newswatch 12 found how they're preparing for the big race.
Preparing for a 5k race might sound exhausting.
But for these kids in Eagle River, it's a way to achieve goals.
"Finishing the Journey's Marathon, keeping up with some of my friends; all those great things." said Mission Possible Running Club member, Frankie Milanowski.
110 students at Eagle River Elementary School run in Mission Possible Running Club. They've been training twice a week for seven weeks.
"Obviously our weather hasn't been quite in our favor, but it's been really wonderful to see," Mission Possible Running Club coach, Leah Lechleitner said.
"I'm a fourth grade classroom teacher and I can definitely see their motivation and their goal setting and their endurance transfer into the classroom as well."
Milanowski joined the club this year. He says he loves to run, but its also helped him in other sports.
"Like basketball and soccer, there's tons of running, which is a big part in it," Milanowski said.
"So if you don't really practice running you're just going to be out there walking and exhausted."
Runners say the three mile trek twice a week can sound tough. But one student has advice for his peers.
"If you don't think you can do it, you can. Everybody can set their own pace," said Mission Possible Running Club member, Brady Beyer.
"The coaches again are really influential."
They'll get their big payoff when crossing the finish line at Eagle River's Journey's Marathon 5k Race next Saturday.
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.
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.
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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