EAGLE RIVER - One Northwoods middle school student hopes his trail design will help serve a local community.
A Land O' Lakes group teamed up with Matthew Molter to plan the trail. The trail would be on town-owned property. The Land O' Lakes Planning and Beautification Committee wanted to build an in-town walking, activity and learning trail. Matthew Molter now leads the project.
He plans to wind the trail around the Town Park, tennis courts, pavilion and other landmarks. The Land O'Lake Beautification Committee also wanted various activities on the trail.
"When I met with them, I really just heard about it, and I made a rough draft of this, and we were mostly just brainstorming ideas on what we could put in it," said Molter. "Ideas just about the walking trail, what wood chips, what activities."
Details for the project include fitness, resting, reading, historical, and birdwatching areas on the trail. Molter hopes the trail will offer people a healthy and educational activity. He's already gotten a lot of support from the community.
"I got all the wood chips donated for all the 127 cubic yards and that saves us over $2,000," Molster said. "We got it donated and they're actually cutting down trees in Land O'Lakes, so the trees are coming fresh out of Land O'Lakes."
Molter will present the project to the Land O' Lakes Town Board in March. Volunteers will start building the trail if the board approves the project.
This is only phase one of the trail. Molter plans on working with the trail throughout his next four years in high school.
Land O' Lakes Planning and Beautification Committee members want to see the trail expand in the future.
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.
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.
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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