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.
EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.
"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.
The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade. Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
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