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A Special Surprise for Birthday GirlSubmitted: 12/12/2012
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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EAGLE RIVER - While the state of Wisconsin celebrates Aaron Rodgers Day, a Northland Pines Middle School student got a once in a lifetime birthday ambush.

Mackenzie Renkes turned 12 today, 12-12-2012. The next time anybody will get to celebrate a birthday like this will be a lifetime from now. So her mom rallied the troops to surprise her at school.

"It's a golden birthday and it just doesn't happen very often. She is very, very lovable. She's very soft-hearted. She's a big family person she takes care of her little brothers a lot and does a lot around the house so we just wanted to make it really special for her," says Shannon Walker.

Four generations of Mackenzie's family showed up at the school to sing her happy birthday. Her little brother Ryan even got out of school to join in the fun.

As for the other guy the whole state is celebrating today, Mackenzie says it's pretty cool to share her birthday with Aaron Rodgers' special day.

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Fab Lab prepares students for the modern workforceSubmitted: 09/17/2014

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Fab Labs have the most modern manufacturing equipment. Students will learn to use the same tools that businesses use. The lab manager thinks that will help students from Three Lakes get better jobs.

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Lincoln County looking for an alleged felonSubmitted: 09/17/2014

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41-year-old Cynthia Jane Degner was charged with her 4th DWI in 2013. She didn't show up at a June court date.

In June she was also charged with felony forgery.

Degner told police she was moving to Kankakee, Illinois. Police believe Degner might now be in Tennessee.

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Students learn about natureSubmitted: 09/17/2014

TOMAHAWK - More than 50 fourth graders from Tomahawk learned about nature on Wednesday as part of long-lived education program. UW-Stevens Point staff at Treehaven host programs to teach elementary students about nature. The program has been around Tomahawk Public Schools for more than 25 years.

"We are doing a lot about the history of Tomahawk, the people that were here in the early 1800s and just a little bit about the land," explained Naturalist Rachel Anderson. "Right not we've been doing some tree identification and forestry measurements, but this morning they were learning about the voyagers and the Native Americans in this area."

The program covers more than just fall-learning, Treehaven leaders host learning programs in the spring and winter as well. You don't have to be a student to take part in some of the programs at the learning center. They include group hikes where you practice and discuss identifying plants and trees.

"We've had two this fall, and I'm hoping that is something we can continue to do in all seasons and continue to offer," said Anderson. "We've been getting a lot of positive reinforcement that it's something that the public is really interested in, so we hope to continue to offer more in the future."

Treehaven leaders regularly offer programs to the public involving nature, education, and artistry. If you are interested in learning more about these programs and events, you can follow the link listed below the article.

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Merrill Area Public School District's online charter school lags behind rest of district in mathSubmitted: 09/17/2014

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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction evaluates districts and schools and gives them report cards every year.

But the district's online school did much worse than the rest of the district in math.

Students at Bridges Virtual Academy learn almost entirely online.

About 29% of Bridges students are proficient in math. But the state average is about 49%, and the district is almost 52%. That could be because many of the students at Bridges used to be homeschooled.

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Drug Endangered Children Program in Price CountySubmitted: 09/17/2014

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The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke tied among registered voters.

Walker and Burke both had 46 percent support. The poll's margin of error was 3.5 percentage points among registered voters.

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