EAGLE RIVER - Sunday was a joyous day for students graduating at Northland Pines High School in Eagle River. Each of them seemed happy to finally get their diploma. But there was one person in the crowd who waited 69 years to get his high school diploma.
"It is my honor to present Ralph May a Northland Pines High School diploma," said Northland Pines District Administrator Dr. Mike Richie.
87-year-old Ralph May was supposed to graduate from Random Lake High in 1945, but he had to leave to serve overseas with the coast guard in World War II.
"I never expected it would come out like this," May said. "Never gave it a thought all my life that this would happen."
Before he left to serve his country, he met his high school sweetheart who's now his wife.
"Not even knowing about it really because I was still in school and he left, you know," said Ralph's wife Violet May. "Then after he came back home our romance started all over again."
May didn't have to take a test or go through finals like normal seniors in high school. All he had to do was call the administrative office.
"He saw this article in the paper. It said that if you had been in service and you left before you got your diploma, you were entitled to one," Violet said.
"The law provides that he may either go back to his high school that he attended or he may receive his diploma within the school district that he now currently lives in," said Richie. "He happens to live in our school district. That's why we did it here at Northland Pines."
These teenagers have a bright future ahead of them and this veteran has a past that we're all grateful for.
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.
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.
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.
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