CRANDON - People in northern Wisconsin remember winters like this, if they've lived here a while. They got used to shoveling in the month of November. But snow this heavy, this early, hasn't been around for a long time.
More than a foot of snow hit northern Wisconsin on Monday and Tuesday. The big snow left Crandon digging out of the drifts.
"I've been up since five o'clock, and when I first got up and started, there was a good eight inches of snow on the ground then," Gary Garrow said while shoveling on Lake Street.
Garrow shovels sidewalks for businesses in Crandon. It's hard for him to keep up.
"By the time I get to one end, cleaning it out, I got to start and go all the way back down again," he said.
Sherry Nickel says this isn't that bad, compared to growing up around here.
"We used to have this much snow or more by this time of the year," she said. "So it's going back to the old ways. It's what it used to be."
Crandon schools were similarly deserted, while plows make their mountains. But what did you expect in November? It's northern Wisconsin.
"If you live in this Northwoods like I have for many, many years, it's crazy, but it happens," Garrow said.
EAGLE RIVER, WISCONSIN - People from around the United States visited Eagle River to drive as fast as they could through icy courses during the second annual Subaru Winter Experience. Most of them were here for fun, but one driver meant business.
Keanna Erickson-Chang doesn't have the bravado you'd expect in a race car driver.
"Typically I'm pretty calm, in the car and out," said Erickson-Chang.
She had no interest in racing cars growing up, she just took winter driving classes to be safer on the roads.
"But once I learned all the techniques in sliding the car," said Erickson-Chang. "I started having more fun and it snowballed from there."
Erickson-Chang has raced for four years. Saturday she took a pause to hone her skills on Dollar Lake at the second annual Subaru Winter Experience in Eagle River. She normally competes on gravel, but she used the ice instead for a chance to practice at slower speeds.
"We have to be early, because with the low grip it takes so long for everything to happen so patience is a key value out here," said Erickson-Chang.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce members are looking to bring more visitors to the area.
One way they plan to do this is by adding more outdoor events like the Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon.
Saturday, they held their second annual triathlon headquartered at Camp Manito-wish YMCA.
People from all over the country cross country skied, snowshoed, and fatbiked.
"With the triathlons we have found that we're reaching a new market that hasn't been to Boulder Junction before and we got a lot of new faces," said Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Theresa Smith.
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.
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.
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