EAGLE RIVER - As a kid, you probably didn't look forward to eating spinach. Maybe you still don't.
But some students are learning how to take locally grown produce and turn it into tasty snacks, including smoothies.
Northland Pines Farm to School program teaches students about where their food comes from.
Each month features a different kind of produce, like this month's offering: spinach.
Hands-on experiences, like the blender bike, get students excited about trying new foods.
"Whether it's cooking the food, growing the food, or being able to ride the blender bike, it increases their willingness to experience something new and to try it," said AmeriCorps Community Outreach Coordinator Debbie Jircik.
Since spinach is in season, students made "Green Monster Smoothies" using a blender bike.
The recipe features ingredients from all five food groups.
"The kids like the idea that it's strong and it helps them get strong, so it has spinach in it, local spinach from EverGood Farm, which is very high in iron, very high in folate, it's good for brain development, it's good for healthy blood," said AmeriCorps Farm to School Nutrition Educator Jasmyn Schmidt.
Last week, the eighth-grade food science class made smoothies for nearly 600 students to try.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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