It's hard to remember what you did yesterday, let alone nearly an entire year ago. From harrowing events high in the sky – to the murky depths of the Fox River, there might be some area Wisconsin water cooler stories you may have forgotten about.
Boy dangles from Lakeshore ski lift
"It was scary and shocking," said Matt Roeser of Green Bay. "So, but I'm glad that he was safe."
On January 29th, Roeser of Green Bay took pictures – the only known evidence – of a young boy dangling from a ski lift at Hidden Valley Ski Area.
The boy safely fell 25 feet to a group of waiting skiers. It's unclear why the boy was dangling in the first place.
Door Co. woman lands plane after husband loses consciousness, dies
In April, John and Helen Collins were on their way back home to Door County in their twin engine Cessna when John died from an apparent heart attack.
With little flying experience, the 80-year-old Helen took the controls. But getting down safely would be the problem. She was running out of fuel.
"Not a rushed feeling, but a feeling of you have to keep this thing going," said Robert Vuksanovic, a local pilot.
Hearing of Helen's plight, Vuksanovic scrambled a second plane owned by the Collins family and was soon on Helen's wing to coach her.
After making several practice runs at the runway, she eventually landed, miraculously suffering only back injuries.
Heavy rains cause flash floods, sinkhole in Calumet Co.
In early May, flash floods washed out part of Cemetery Road near Forest Junction, creating a sinkhole, nearly swallowing a man's truck.
"He was going fast enough that he managed to get across the gap," said Mark Schnell of Brillion. "Tore the front wheels off his pickup truck."
The man only suffered a minor leg injury.
30-plus year old sedan pulled from Fox River in Green Bay
A couple of days in late June had Green Bay talking.
Using sonar equipment, Fox River cleanup crews spotted what appeared to be a vehicle in about 20 feet of water between Walnut and Main Streets.
"A vehicle doesn't just appear in the river," said Green Bay Police Department Lieutenant Kevin Warych "This is rare and it's very interesting to say the least."
After being floated to the surface, more questions than answers floated up with it.
Was the rusty, zebra mussel-encrusted 1975 Plymouth Valiant sedan – with Minnesota plates – part of a cold case? A long-forgotten prank? A mob hit?
"There's nobody in there, right?" a member of the media asked Lt. Warych at the time.
"I don't know," said Warych, pausing slightly.
After a little detective work, police found out the car was stolen from a Green Bay bar in 1979.
Oshkosh man receives Bronze Start 70 years later
It took that Plymouth nearly 30 years to make it to the surface, but nearly 70 years for a Bronze Star to get to its owner.
In 1944, Nazi Germany made a last-ditch effort win the war. Known as the Battle of the Bulge - many men qualified for a commendation – like Don Christman.
"I didn't care about going home to get a medal. I made it home," said Christman. "That's my medal – I'm still alive!"
That was, until a friend stepped in.
"I went to talk to the (Veterans Affairs office)," said Art Weinert, Christman's friend from church. "I said, 'I think I've got a gentleman that's qualified for the bronze star.'"
"He took me up to the county office," recalled Christman. "All I did was laugh."
"I told him he was going to re-enlist," said Weinert laughing.
"I thought, 'They're not going to give me a medal anyway!'" said Christman.
Only problem is, Christman was wrong. They did.
Wisconsin 's largest home goes up for auction
From a big honor to a big home; Wisconsin's largest home – Sur la Baie – went up for auction in November.
Built in 1993, the 43 room, 35,000 square foot Ellison Bay mansion – complete with spiral staircases, stained glass windows, a movie theater, library, pool, 14 bathrooms, beach house, guest chalet and 80-acres – was built in the style of 19th century East Coast homes.
The sellers bought it in 2005 for $18.5 million, but never moved in.
The victim in a weekend shooting at an Appleton night club is being kept alive on life support so his family can donate his organs.
There was enough snow Monday to make driving a challenge, including one deadly crash in the Fox Cities.
For 11 seasons, Blaise Winter played defensive end in the NFL. Three of those years were with the green and gold. Now, the man who overcame numerous health issues is being honored for his work.
A 68-year-old man is dead after a multi-vehicle crash in Neenah.
A Fond du Lac standoff involving shots fired at some area police officers is over.
A Grand Chute firefighter has died in a car crash.