EAGLE RIVER - The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association Spudmobile rolled up to Eagle River Elementary School Tuesday.
"The goal of the Spudmobile is introduce to the students where they're food comes from—it doesn't just show up at PicknSave, Kwik Trip," said Spudmobile coordinator Jim Zdriok.
The Spudmobile came to Eagle River as part of the school's Farm to School Program. Each month the program brings in locally and regionally produced foods to cafeterias and classrooms.
"This month they are local Wisconsin potatoes," said Northland Pines Farm to School Nutrition Educator Jasmyn Schmidt. "So we thought to pair that with the Spudmobile so they could learn where they came from."
The students learned about the stages of potato growth, the different uses of Wisconsin potatoes, and the good bugs and bad bugs potatoes attract.
The students also got to meet a potato farmer from the area.
"We plant, grow, and harvest and get it to the stores," said Eagle River Seed Farm, LLC's Ron Krueger. "It's part of our lives, and it's an opportunity to maybe make it a part of theirs."
Students got to learn some interesting facts about potatoes as well.
"I never knew a potato grew in space," said Eagle River Elementary student Gab Canas.
A potato was the first vegetable ever grown in space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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