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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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RHINELANDER - Firefighters need to practice rescue techniques so they can stay safe when responding to real emergencies.

Members of the Rhinelander Fire Department spent Tuesday in a sewer to practice rescuing people in a tight space.

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UW-Marathon County issues voter IDs to students who need oneSubmitted: 09/30/2014

WAUSAU - A local college wants to make sure its students can vote this November.

UW-Marathon County is issuing voter IDs to students that don't have them.

Everyone in Wisconsin needs to have an ID to vote this fall.

The university started making the IDs Monday.

All UW schools will be issuing IDs to students who need one.

"The biggest reason that we're doing this is we really want our students to have that opportunity to vote," says Interim Assistant Campus Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at UW-Marathon County Carla Rabe. "Some of our students may not have the proper voter ID, and so for us to offer that opportunity to our students really just encourages them to really take the importance in voting."

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"We'll actually come back down slightly looking forward a bit because we will have worked down that backlog," DeLong said.

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Virgin Airlines lets some employees have unlimited holiday vacation days, experts say strategy won't work in Northwoods Submitted: 09/30/2014

NORTHWOODS - Unlimited vacation time might sound unrealistic, but Virgin Airlines is letting some of its employees take off whenever they want. Nicolet Staffing thinks that wouldn't work in the Northwoods.

Virgin Airlines got the idea from Netflix. One hundred seventy employees can only take the unlimited days off when they feel that their team is up to date with every project. They also need to make sure their vacation time won't damage the business or their career.

Nicolet Staffing branch manager Robert Erickson says with so many manufacturers in the Northwoods, that system isn't possible.

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Update-Inmate captured after failing to return to jailSubmitted: 09/30/2014

MARATHON COUNTY - An inmate who didn't return to jail from Huber release will now get a chance to think about his mistake.

The Marathon County Sheriff's department confirms inmate Tommie Rothenberger has been captured.

He was found in Waupaca County around 5:30 last night.

Rothenberger was let out of the Marathon County Jail Friday morning to go to school at Northcentral Technical College.

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Many people want to make sure wetlands are protected for years to come.

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"My favorite part is waking up and looking out the window. Every day is different. Every season is different," said wetlands owner Scott Eshelman.
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"This again is one of the species that occurs at the southern edge of its range here. It's more common to the north," she says. "This is another species in which we expect to see large declines."

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