MERRILL - To make learning fun, some teachers might use flash cards, games or computers.
In one Northwoods elementary school, they're using iPads.
Dee Van Der Geest got an iPad for her class last spring as part of a school-wide program at Kate Goodrich Elementary.
But she wanted more students to use iPads in the classroom.
So she applied for a grant from the Merrill Community Foundation.
The "Beyond Crayons and Computers" grant put 2 more iPads in the classroom.
"We want to move our children into the 21st century, through technology. And that is a way for that to happen. And I'm hoping also that they can take their skills home and teach their parents about them," said Van Der Geest.
Students use reading, math and science programs on their iPads.
Second grader Maria Kildho loves it for the math games.
"My favorite game on here is math bingo. And that's pretty fun because I'm the only player on there, and I can win," said Kildho.
Van der Geest says the iPads have been a motivational tool for her second graders.
MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations. The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.
The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program. The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed. Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.
RHINELANDER - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge. The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.
Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather. Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.
This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016. The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.
ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.
Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.
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