CHAMPION SNOWBOARDERS

snowboardingThe 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.

GO INSIDE: WORLD’S LARGEST MECHANICAL PLANETARIUM

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.

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TEST DRIVING THE XBOX ONE

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RHINELANDER -You can talk to it, watch TV from it, and even surf the web on it. But the best part about Microsoft’s newest gaming system is the ability to play games.

RIDE ALONG IN A SNOW CAT

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RIB MOUNTAIN – This weekend skiers and snowboards can hit the slopes at Granite Peak in Rib Mountain. Snowmakers like Matt Howe have been busy preparing for opening weekend by making snow around the clock. Take a ride along with Matt as he grooms the trails in anticipation for the start of the ski and snowboard season.

120 MILE RUN

120 miles for treyden

WESTON – Some people run marathons to challenge themselves, but one women from Wausau decided to do something above and beyond. Over the course of 36 hours Barb Klinner ran 120 miles to raise money for Treyden’s Cabin, an oncology pediatric waiting room at the Marshfield Clinic.

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I had the opportunity to work with my colleague, Lex Gray, who ran alongside Barb for 60 of the 120 miles while I documented the story. Barb started her journey at 5 a.m. Saturday morning and ran straight through until she finished late Sunday afternoon.

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Barb ran on the Mountain Bay Trail from Weston to Zachow until she turned around and headed back. Over the course of the weekend Barb was joined by her family, friends and complete strangers who accompanied her during the run. We did live hits throughout the weekend to update viewers on Barb’s progress. We use a LIVE U backpack to go live from any location utilizing cell phone towers. Overall the weekend was truly inspiring and I’m grateful to have had the chance to cover the event.

SEARCH FOR LOST HORSE

BUTTERNUT – Pets can run away, that’s a tough life lesson for both kids and adults.

However, one Park Falls family hopes their lost horse won’t be a lesson in loss, but instead, a lesson in never giving up.