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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: 09/30/2014

- The Wisconsin Wetlands Association recently released a new book helping people understand how to care for and protect Wisconsin's wetlands. We visit a Northwoods wetland to find out how people can protect wetlands in our area.

- Plus, Richard Branson recently announced some of his employees at Virgin Airlines will get unlimited holiday vacation time. He's hoping that would increase productivity and keep employees at the company longer, but leaders at Nicolet Staffing in Rhinelander says that won't work here. Find out the details on why unlimited holiday vacation would only work for global companies.

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

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34-year-old man faces charges connected to woman's murder & disapperanceSubmitted: 09/30/2014

WAUSAU - A 34-year-old man will face three charges for the 2010 disappearance and murder of a Wausau woman.

Kristopher Torgerson is charged with first degree intentional homicide, armed robbery and hiding a body. Those charges were filed in Marathon County Tuesday, according to online court records.

Stephanie low had been missing since October of 2010. Torgerson agreed to show police where to find low's body earlier this month.

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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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Domestic violence deaths total close to one person a week in WisconsinSubmitted: 09/30/2014

MADISON - 55 people in Wisconsin died last year from domestic violence.

The organization End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin looked at the numbers. They found the following statistics:


- About one person every week died from domestic violence in 2013. 39 of the deaths were homicide victims.

-12 abusers took their own lives.

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Put on your dancing shoes! Rhinelander is offering a ballroom dancing classSubmitted: 09/30/2014

RHINELANDER - Do you have a wedding or social event coming up... but feel like you have two left feet?
Well, there's still time to learn some fancy footwork of your own.

The Rhinelander Community Education program will be holding a ballroom class next Tuesday, October 7th. You can come alone or as a couple, but you must register beforehand. The instructor will go over the basics of swing, waltz and polka.

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FAA: 2 weeks to reopen Chicago-area control centerSubmitted: 09/29/2014

CHICAGO - The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center where an act of sabotage brought the city's two international airports to a halt last week.

The FAA said Sunday it hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct. 13.

Authorities say a contract employee started a fire Friday at regional control center in suburban Aurora and then attempted to commit suicide. More than 2,000 flights were canceled that day at O'Hare and Midway international airports, disrupting travel nationwide.

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Local group helps fight Ebola in AfricaSubmitted: 09/29/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Ebola virus may seem to be a world away... but people right here in the Northwoods are helping to fight it.

Wise Intentional Leadership Development, otherwise known as WILD, is doing their part to raise money. The Rhinelander based group began training and developing young people in Africa in 2001.

"Our primary purpose, mission is to offer leadership development with a Christian perspective and really focus on the youth, cause over half the population in Africa is 25 and younger," explains WILD Executive Director Mike Prom. "So if we can help develop the youth, we can help change Africa."

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