EAGLE RIVER - When your entire theater production fits in the back of your SUV, you need to know how to do -- and be -- just about everything.
"You kind of have to be the jack of all trades," actor Chris Cummings said.
Cummings is a stagehand, a set designer, and this summer a bug. He and fellow actor Jennifer Schreiner travel the Midwest out of their Chicago-area homes for the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company, which is based in Portland, Oregon.
The pair puts on interactive shows for kids. Wednesday, the duo performed for library groups in Land O' Lakes and Eagle River as a pair of bugs looking to build a house.
Their show, "The Ribbles Build a Residence", is based on library's summer theme of "Build a better world." It helps celebrate architect Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday.
"You never know what kind of impact you could have on a kid, which is why this is so important," Cummings said.
Cummings and Schreiner pull kids up on stage to have them act out bit parts and get involved with the show.
"Hey, you can get up here, you can do this, it's not as hard as you think and it's just having fun," Cummings said.
Eagle River's Olson Memorial Library Children's Resource Director Pat Lamon brought the traveling team back to the Northwoods for the first time in a few years.
"We try to foster [creativity] as much as we can," Lamon said. "[The kids are] interacting with other kids and that's better than just sitting in your room."
The library's summer programs don't cost people anything, nor does Lamon set an age limit.
"A lot of us are kids at heart so this kind of program resonates and they come," Lamon said.
Wednesday's show didn't draw a huge crowd. The site was moved from outside in Riverside Park to inside the Christ Lutheran School gym due to bad weather. But Cummings knows if he reaches just one person, his job -- of many jobs -- is complete.
"People who maybe think they don't belong anywhere, they can find that home in theater," Lamon said. "Because there is literally something for everyone."
The Traveling Lantern team headed south to the Madison area after Wednesday's shows.
Lamon hopes adults show up to her summer mystery game "Roswell That Ends Well" on Thursday night. It's set from 6 - 9 p.m. You can call the library for more info at 715-479-8070.
For more info about the Traveling Lantern group visit their website via the link below.
LA CROSSE - The Diocese of La Crosse has released the names of 25 clergy men with substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse made against them.
At least 16 of the men on the list face multiple allegations of child sex abuse.
Of the 25 men on the list, 18 have died. All of the men have been taken out of public ministry.
The list did not specify when or where the alleged abuse took place.
Eight of the men on the list have worked in Eau Claire including Bruce Ball (Immaculate Conception-Regis High School), Thomas Dempsey (Sacred Heart of Jesus-Sacred Heart Hospital), James Ennis (Sacred Heart of Jesus), James Finucan (St. James the Greater), James E. Mason (Immaculate Conception-Regis High School, Newman Center-Regis High School), James Stauber (St. Patrick Jr. High School-Regis High School), Raymond J. Wagner (St. Patrick) and Daniel Budzynski (Newman Parish).
Seven of the men have worked in Chippewa Falls including Eugene Comiskey (Holy Ghost), Thomas Dempsey (Northern Colony and Training School), Richard Herrmann (St. Charles Borromeo-McDonnel High School), William Hertzenberg (Notre Dame), James E. Mason (McDonnel High School), Albert Sonnberger (Notre Dame, St. Charles Borromeo) and Francis Zimmerer (St. Joseph's Hospital).
IRON COUNTY - One person died in a snowmobiling incident in Iron County early Sunday morning. The victim was identified as a 47-year-old female.
According to a press release by the Iron County Sheriff's Department, dispatch received a call at 1:52 a.m. reporting a snowmobile crashed on Trail 17 just outside Hurley and the operator was unresponsive.
First responders arrived at 2:04 a.m. and began taking life saving measures. The driver was then transported by rescue sled to Beacon ambulance and then to Aspirus GVH in Ironwood, MI.
After continued life-saving measures, the 47-year-old female was pronounced dead at Aspirus Hospital.
OSHKOSH, WIS. (AP) - A Wisconsin teenager who was shot and wounded when he stabbed a school resource officer has been ordered to stand trial.
Grant Fuhrman, 17, is charged as an adult with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the Dec. 3 attack at Oshkosh West High School.
Fuhrman is accused of stabbing Mike Wissink multiple times with a barbecue fork. Court documents say the officer was unable to reach his stun gun so he shot Fuhrman twice. Neither was seriously injured.
The school was evacuated and classes were cancelled for two days.
EAGLE RIVER - Professional snowmobilers took to the racetrack in Eagle River this weekend. However, they weren't the only ones riding on some top-of-the line sleds.
Arctic Cat was at the derby offering demo rides on their 2021 models. People got a chance to try out the different machines, and put money down on a model of their choice.
Sales director Joe Klosterman said it's important for people to try before they buy.
"We do it to give an experience to the consumer," said Klosterman. "You wouldn't buy a car without driving it. We've also got a new model this year that I think is going to bring a lot of new people into the industry."
Demo workers took guests out on a 10-mile loop to experience some of the best trails in the Northwoods. Those trails featured curbs, some fresh powder, and lots of bumps to test the machines' suspension.
Klosterman said Arctic Cat sold lots of sleds over the weekend thanks to the promotion.
MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Sunday he wants state lawmakers to pass a package of bills aimed at curbing youth vaping and educating the public about vaping's potential dangers.
The bills Evers, a Democrat, is requesting would ban vaping and vapor products on K-12 campuses and expand the definition of public health emergencies. Another bill would fund a public health campaign to address youth vaping in the state and a fourth proposal would expand the enforcement capacity of the Departments of Revenue and Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to prevent vaping products from being sold to minors.
The governor's office outlined his proposals in a press release Sunday.
"As a parent, grandparent, and lifelong educator, I am deeply concerned about the health and well-being of our kids," Evers said in a statement. "Vaping is a serious public health epidemic and it is time to take action."
The governor's office said vaping products pose serious health risks to young users because the nicotine contained in e-cigarettes can harm parts of the brain that control attention and learning.
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