- Where should a college draw the line on what groups it allows on campus? STEVENS POINT That question was at the heart of a debate between a conservative student group and the school's student government organization. The SGA voted against recognizing Turning Point USA which angered some people. Now, the university has stepped in to settle a fight over first amendment rights. "Personally I felt that every student had the right to say what they were going to say," said Amelia Heup, the chairwoman of UWSP's College Republicans.
- Some artists learn about painting and pottery during art classes in school. LAND O' LAKES But one home schooled boy is finding other ways to perfect his art. "Just being yourself and being creative," said 12-year-old Severt Beattie. Beattie has a passion for painting. "Sometimes I just want to be creative," said Beattie. Beattie got inspired by art after discovering a family member was once a famous artist. "My great grandpa was an artist. He has some really cool pictures he's made," said Beattie. Beattie hits the books hard when he is getting home schooled. But often times, extra-curricular classes, like art class get overlooked. "It makes me feel enjoyable and happy because I like all the colors," said Beattie.
- Paging through sales flyers, setting your alarm clock extra early, and standing in line with hundreds of people usually go hand in hand on Black Friday. RHINELANDER It's a day retail stores have to prepare for in advance and a day shoppers can't wait for because of those deals.
- Merrill could be the newest local school district to rely on referendum money in its school budget. MERRILL The district faces a $1.8 million dollar operating deficit for next school year, and it has had to take from savings for years to keep the school running. "We've been making cuts, and we've gotten in the habit of making cuts. Unfortunately, we became very good at making cuts," said Superintendent Dr. John Sample. A consultant's survey got more than 1,600 responses from people in the district. It shows two-thirds of respondents support some sort of referendum to help pay for schools.
- Employees at Park City Credit Union in Merrill spent Tuesday afternoon passing out turkeys, potatoes, and pumpkin pies to families in need this Thanksgiving. It's one of the many acts of kindness the credit union does in the Northwoods. MERRILL This month, the state credit union association recognized Park City with the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action. "There's one that's received in every state. We were lucky enough to receive the one in Wisconsin," said Park City Credit Union President and CEO Val Mindak. "We're very pleased about that for all of the things we're doing in our markets."
- Eagle River Elementary School teacher Brenda Liermann believes kindergarten is all about exploring. EAGLE RIVER Thanks to a grant from 3M in Wausau, her students will get hands-on experience when it comes to exploring the STEM fields. "We need to have them experience the engineering and the technology," said Liermann.
- Merrill Fire Department wants to remind you to stay safe this Thanksgiving. MERRILL Deep-frying a turkey is a popular cooking style, but it's also the most dangerous way to prepare your bird. You should never leave the fryer unattended because it only takes seconds to boil over. Turkey fryer explosions can be massive. Set up the fryer in an open-air space, away from kids and pets. "Fire can expand at least two times the size every minute. Leaving for two or three minutes? You're looking at a pretty big fire," firefighter and paramedic Phillip Skoug. For those deer hunters out there, never place your fryer near your canopy. You should also never leave food cooking in your kitchen untended either.