MINOCQUA - The newest technology can help kids with autism at school.
A Northwoods community organization wants to bring more of that technology to autistic students in the Lakeland district.
The Lakeland Area Kiwanis Club is looking to put more iPads in schools.
The devices, in particular, have been a good fit for autistic students.
"These iPads can be teaching tools. They can be calming devices, to calm the kids down. They can even be used when a kid can't talk - there are speech apps that these iPads can do," says Get Your K's On Run Chair Dan Brunette.
Each iPad, with the right apps, costs around $750.
To raise money, the Kiwanis is hosting the first-ever Get Your K's On Run on April 27 in Minocqua.
The event includes 1K, 5K, and 10K options.
"The beauty of it, it's not flat. The 5K has about 36 feet of elevation change throughout the entire course, and the 10K has about 60 feet," Brunette says.
The Lakeland Times and four others will serve as title sponsors.
But the event still needs your support, either as a runner or volunteer.
Visit lakelandkiwanis.com for more information and to register.
MERRILL - Most people enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with family. But the Merrill firefighters spend their Thanksgiving at the station with their second family, their coworkers. Community members stepped in to make sure the firefighters still had a special Thanksgiving while they were working.
It might be Thanksgiving, but for the Merrill Fire Department, it's just another day
But it is a day with more turkey, stuffing, and pies.
"We had a couple of community organizations that dropped off meals for us which we're definitely grateful for," said firefighter and paramedic Bryson Cruise.
The job doesn't stop for firefighters and Thanksgiving is no exception.
So Park City Credit Union and Hands of Hope wanted to thank the firefighters for their service with a home cooked Thanksgiving meal.
PARK FALLS - Many families began their Thanksgiving Day with a run this morning. Topping off the holiday with a "trot" around town may not appeal to everyone, but for these families it was a way to spend time with one another.
"Trot now so we can pie later," said Steph Schultz, a runner in the Park Falls Turkey Trot.
Families used the Turkey Trot 5K in Park Falls as a way to bond.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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