Certified TeachersSubmitted: 01/09/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

EAGLE RIVER - You might think once your kid's teachers are hired, they're set, but at least three Northwoods educators are getting big recognition.

The Northland Pines teachers earned their National Board Certification. The process can take up to three years. Only fifty percent of applicants receive their certification. High school principal, Jim Brewer, says it is great for the school.

"The state of Wisconsin recognizes individuals who achieve National Board Certification as the highest level. It puts them at a master educator status," says Brewer.

The process is helpful for teachers in two ways. First, teachers must track students learning. Second, teachers videotape themselves in lectures. Newly certified math teacher John Hayes found the process useful.

"Especially through the video process, you watch yourself a hundred times on video and you see oh, I can be doing this better or I can be doing this better," said Hayes.

The two other teachers that received their certification are kindergarten grade teacher, Kim Lewandowski, and Middle School special education teacher, Faith Schneider. Other teachers are already preparing for next year with good reason to do so.

"What I've heard from other people that have done that is that it really improves your teaching. It really makes you study what you are doing, why your doing it, how it helps students, how you can help students learn," said Robin Indermuehle, a science teacher applying for next year.

Overall, teachers say it is the students that get the benefit of better teachers.

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RHINELANDER - Harvest Hoedown started Saturday at noon at the Woodpecker Bar and Grill in Rhinelander.

The event had a hay maze, horse drawn carriage rides, food, and live music all afternoon.

"I think it's going great. We got a little sunshine right now. We got probably a couple hundred people here. People are buying food, spending money. It's what we're after," said Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hanson.

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NEKOOSA - People in Nekoosa could go back in time this weekend.

Volunteers at Pointe Basse recreated a historical camp portraying lives of people from the 1700s and early 1800s.

Volunteers from all across the U.S. all had a piece of history to share.

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EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River hosted its 36th annual Cranberry Fest during October's first weekend.

Organizers say the weather this year brought in many more visitors.

"People come to this whether there's good weather of bad weather," said Executive Director of the Eagle River Chamber Kim Emerson. "And with this year being great weather, we had above-average crowds and it was just spectacular. We're so happy about that."

By 3 p.m. Saturday, the World's Largest Cranberry Cheesecake had already been devoured. Sales of slices go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. 

Organizers said they also almost sold out of cranberries, but they said they would still have more to sell on Sunday. 

There were also dozens of craft vendors, food and wine and cranberry marsh tours.

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MERRILL - Firefighters need to be prepared to rescue people from more than just fires.

People can get trapped in tree stands, water, or a tight spot. 

Local fire departments respond to those emergencies.

Merrill's first Citizen's Fire Academy learned about these specialized rescues Thursday night.

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WOOD COUNTY - Two people who stole a UTV led police on a wild chase early Friday morning. Friday night, those suspects were still on the run.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office tells us a sporting goods store owner walked in as the burglary was happening, just before 7 a.m. The suspects took off in a red Dodge pickup truck pulling a trailer with the stolen UTV. They crashed through several gates to get out.

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BOULDER JUNCTION - Lakes bring a lot of visitors here to the Northwoods, but they also bring scientists.

The UW Trout Lake Station in Boulder Junction just wrapped up its summer research season.

The UW Trout Lake Station is a research station for limnology students at UW Madison. It's mostly graduate students and faculty from Madison's Center for limnology.

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RHINELANDER - A Wisconsin brewing company executive wants businesses to hire more veterans.

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