UNDERGROUND MUSEUM

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.

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FREEDOM TAKES FLIGHT

SAUK CITY – THROUGH THE LENS – Success comes in the form of freedom for 8 bald eagles in Sauk City. Marge Gibson works with bald eagles at the Raptor Center in Antigo. For the past 20 years she and her team have been releasing bald eagles back in the wild.

TAKING THE PLUNGE

ppLakes 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.

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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.