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Teaching Students About Alternative Forms of EnergySubmitted: 10/05/2012
Story By Jenn Sullivan

MINOCQUA - U.S. students lag behind other countries when it comes to science and math, but one Northwoods School is reaching out with a hands on approach to learning.

Back in August, Lakeland Union High School became one of 48 schools statewide to install solar paneling on the roof.

The panels absorb enough energy to power 5 classrooms and saves the school $400 a year in electric bills, but most importantly it inspires students to think about alternative forms of energy.

"Students can see something, hear something, do something with their hands and participate they're going to retain that information a lot better," said Michael Moore, the manager of Solarized for School Program.

As part of the Solarized for School Program, the Wisconsin Public Service Community Foundation hosted an energy fair Friday.

There were 10 booths tota--all demonstrating various ways to retain energy.

"Eventually we're going to run out of all the fossil fuels we have right now and we're not going to know what to do. Once we have the solar energy down it's going to help us out in the future," said Lakeland High School senior Bryon Andrews.

"At the energy fair they get to do things hands on. They have a quiz they have to learn about some things. They go station to station," said Moore.

This hands on approach to learning is making a difference in the classroom.

Science teacher Ryan Bock said, "One of our motto's here especially in the Science Department is hands on is minds on. We structure our classrooms around that and you can see that here."

Some of the highlights of Friday's fair--a solar paneled oven and a solar paneled car.

"Our students are the key to our future and the better educated they are the more informed they'll be to make better decisions," said Bock.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 11/25/2014

- With only one month left until Christmas, many people will be heading to stores to shop. The busiest shopping days of the year start this week. Some of the stores in Wausau's Center Mall open as early as 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. We talk with the mall's manager to see what they're expecting for holiday shopping.

- Plus, teachers at one Northwoods school wanted to encourage their students to give back to the community in time for Thanksgiving. They did that by offering up their hair. Students at Zion Lutheran School in Rhinelander got to see two of their teachers dye their hair some of the colors of the rainbow today. That's because students donated 2,000 pounds of food to a local food pantry.

We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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Newswatch 12 reports: Teen birth rate drops in the United States, still higher than other countries; Sexual education could decrease rate even moreSubmitted: 11/25/2014

WISCONSIN - Teen birth rates dropped significantly across the country in the past few years.

Despite the decline, the United States still has the highest teen birth rate compared to other developed countries.

There are many reasons the rate is going down, and there could be many explanations to why the U.S. is behind other countries.

Education could decrease the rate even more.

That could prevent more people from having to go through the difficulties of being a teen parent.

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Bill Cosby appearance canceled in Green BaySubmitted: 11/25/2014

GREEN BAY - A performing arts center in Green Bay becomes the latest to cancel an appearance by comedian Bill Cosby.

He's been accused of sexual assault by a growing number of women.

Any tickets bought with a credit card will be refunded by December 10th. The show will not be rescheduled.

In recent weeks, more than a dozen women have accused 77-year-old Cosby of sexual assault years ago. Cosby has not been charged in connection with any of the allegations.

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Newswatch 12 reports - Wisconsin's teen birth rate declines: access to birth control, 16 and Pregnant, and economy could be reasons for changeSubmitted: 11/24/2014

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WISCONSIN - More than 4,000 girls who were younger than 20 gave birth in Wisconsin in 2012.

That might sound like a lot, but that's declined 50% since 1991.

Wisconsin isn't the only state to see significant changes to teen birth rates.

The entire country's rate has declined.

Teen moms face a variety of challenges.

Marie Topping found out she was pregnant when she was 19-years-old.

Her daughter Abriella is now 18-months-old.

She remembers when she first found out she was pregnant.

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New details, possible appeal within case of Northwoods sex offender who allegedly made photo booklet of young girlsSubmitted: 11/24/2014

OSHKOSH - A registered sex offender from Rhinelander will likely try again to get new charges against him dropped.

Thirty-two-year-old Albert Chagnon faces 23 felony counts for storing photos of young girls without their parents' permission.

Prosecutors say he made a booklet filled with photos of young girls cut out from newspapers and magazines.

It was found just before he was released from prison last month in Oshkosh.

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Park Falls airport gets $485k approved for improvements Submitted: 11/24/2014

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PARK FALLS - The Park Falls Municipal Airport will get $485,000 of improvements. The money will pay to get the airfield pavement reworked.

Ryan Donnelly, airport development engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), says the project will improve safety and efficiency at the airport.

Governor Scott Walker made the announcement Friday.

The FAA will pay for the vast majority of the project.

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Northern Wisconsin lawmakers push for geographic diversity on budget committee; Tiffany seeks seat on powerful panelSubmitted: 11/24/2014

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MINOCQUA - A lawmaker representing most of the Northwoods thinks the legislature's most powerful committee needs a better geographic balance.

Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) wants to speak for northern Wisconsin on the Joint Finance Committee.

The committee is in charge of a major step in forming the state's two-year budget.

Right now, no lawmakers from north of Highway 8 sit on the 16-member committee.

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