RHINELANDER - Finding the resources you need at a new school can be challenging. Nicolet Technical College Students will soon have a new Student Ambassador to help them learn the ropes.
Each year all 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges chose a student for the role. The ambassadors help promote the schools to prospective students.
But Tony Bellman says he also wants to be sure students know what scholarships and other resources are available to them. Bellman says being an older student will help him, help others.
"I understand how intimidating college can be for a younger person. I'm already 20 years into life so it's a little easier for me to figure out my way, and I'm not afraid to ask questions. Whereas, I find younger students are indeed scare to ask questions. When I first came here, I think the best piece of advice that I got was to be your own advocate," says Bellman.
Bellman is an information technology major and plans to continue on to UW-Stout. He was already a student representative on the Nicolet College Board of Trustees.
Bellman will travel to Madison later this month for a conference with all 16 technical college student ambassadors.
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."
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.
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