EAGLE RIVER - Adults might deal with tough issues like suicide and depression, but sometimes kids have to deal with them too.
Eighth graders in Eagle River gathered to talk about tough issues today.
The Social Problems Awareness Fair was held at the Northland Pines Middle School.
The kids made posters and summaries to teach people about negative social problems.
Some of the topics ranged from bullying to suicide and the eighth graders had plenty to say about all of them.
Eighth grader Hadlie Kruse studied the problem of teen suicide with her group.
"There's a lot of people in our class that we know are depressed and there's a lot of people that we don't know that are depressed and that are trying to hide it," said Kruse. "There are people around here that have committed suicide recently that we know."
Students worked in groups for the past six weeks to complete their presentations on social issues.
Some students were more emotionally connected to their topics and did their best to raise awareness.
One student felt particularly passionate about the problem of bullying and its negative impacts.
"Some of my family has died of suicide and I'm not too proud about it," said Eighth grader Zach Neddo. "So I would like to try to prevent it the best that I can for other kids or family members losing members of their family. This can then lead to suicide, so you stop bullying, you can stop suicide."
This is the second time Northland Pines Middle School held the Social Problems Awareness Fair.
School leaders want to move presentations to public venues in the future.
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.
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.
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.
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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