The girls snowboarding team at Rhinelander High School are defending state champions. Rod Olsen has been the Alpine Ski coach at the high school for the past 25 years. He’s been coaching snowboarding for the past 12.
MONICO – THROUGH THE LENS - Meet the man who set out to build a planetarium…in his own backyard. Frank Kovac was introduced to the wonders of space at an early age by his father. Since his childhood Frank dreamed of building a planetarium. If you’re wondering what exactly a planetarium is, Frank says it best, “it’s basically a theatre of the stars.”
Some planetariums rely on projectors to display the stars but Frank plotted and hand painted more than 5,000 stars with high quality glow in the dark paint. Construction on the planetarium took 10 years. Kovac’s Planetarium opened in 2007 and sees about 4,000 visitors a year.
RHINELANDER – THROUGH THE LENS - If you drive through Rhinelander you’ll see a bunch of brightly painted Hodags. Stu Sorley has one in front of his house. But it’s what’s in his basement that’s remarkable.
Lakes that freeze over aren’t meant to be swam in…except in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. It was a balmy 14 degrees for the 14th annual 2014 Polar Bear Plunge at Big St. Germain Lake. More than 80 people took the plunge into the icy abyss Saturday. The event raises money for Angel on My Shoulder, a charity that benefits people affected by cancer. Here’s a look through the lens of a GoPro at my jump into the lake.