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LEAF Program Helps Integrate Forests, SchoolsSubmitted: 05/03/2013
Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com


GOODMAN - In the Northwoods, the forest surrounds us.

But are students in our schools learning enough about that natural resource?

A group called LEAF - Learning, Experiences, and Activities in Forestry - wants to make sure the forest is part of students' education - and culture.

It's an initiative of UW-Stevens Point.

"(We help with) learning how to use forests to teach all subject areas - math, science, language arts. We do that through providing professional development for the teachers and curriculum resources that are tied to standards," says Jeremy Solin with the program.

The Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District uses LEAF's help more than any other.

On Friday, leaders from other school districts met in Goodman to learn how they can make their curriculum more like it.

"Northern Wisconsin is a beautiful place, but we really need young people here, with their creative ideas and energy, sharing their knowledge and skills with us. This really helps to set a foundation and connect them to place, so that these are communities they want to come back to," Solin says.

Almost 5,000 teachers have participated in LEAF programs in the last decade.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/28/2015

- Railroads across Wisconsin could start fining people who walk along railroad tracks. It's an effort to save lives after one of the most deadly years in the state's travel history. Eight people died in train-involved deaths in 2014. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to the Tomahawk Railway to find out why there are so many accidents and what can be done to stop them.

- Police departments can use social media to help their communities. But if it's used the wrong way it could be dangerous. A traffic app called Waze can be used to warn other drivers about where police are in the area. But some officers are worried it could be used to target police. Newswatch 12s Kaitlyn Howe will have more from a Northcentral Wisconsin police chief about how he feels about the app.

- And find out about the "Snow Days Sweepstakes" put on by the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce.

We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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- More snow might not be the first item on your wish list. But it could get you a weekend getaway. As the snow piles up, so do your chances of winning a Northwoods sweepstakes.

Rhinelander's Chamber of Commerce is running the Snow Day Sweepstakes. Executive Director of Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Dana DeMet, said the chamber hopes the sweepstakes will offer another way for people to enjoy winter in the Northwoods. It could also help people stay excited about getting more snow this time of year.

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RACINE - Gov. Scott Walker says he's planning trips soon to the important 2016 presidential primary states of South Carolina, Nevada and Florida.

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TOMAHAWK - Railroads across Wisconsin have started fining people who walk along railroad tracks. The policy changed in an effort to save lives after one of the most deadly years in the state's travel history.

Eight people died in train-involved deaths in 2014, six more than in 2013. And 2015 already saw its first train-related death when a Milwaukee man was hit and killed on January 2.

Railroad experts say many accidents happen because trains can't stop fast enough.

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Prep your trees this winterSubmitted: 01/28/2015

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NORTHWOODS - Caring for your trees now could help keep forest healthier this spring and summer. Tree experts say that pruning during the winter poses less risk to your trees than during spring or summer. It will also help the tree maintain growth come spring.

"Folks are going to prune trees, it should be restricted to that period in which trees are dormant," said Steigerwaldt Analysis Operations Director Forrest Gibeault. "That dormancy period essentially is the same time when insects are very inactive and fungal disease is not going to spread."

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ANTIGO - Gamers in Antigo can now head to the library to find video games. The Antigo Public Library added 30 video games to their shelves for the first time this month. Library managers think the games will help get teens through the library's doors.

"[The games] have improved artistically in the last few years quite a bit," explained Library Business Clerk Betsy Pilecky. "It might make [gamers] check out more books and do more research if they come in to look for the video games. They'll see the other books and it'll induce them to check out more."

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LANSING, MI - People will eventually be able to hike or bike from Ironwood, Michigan all the way to Belle Isle Park in Detroit.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced the plans for the trail in 2012, and just this week, the trail got its name. It will be called the Iron Belle Trail.

The Michigan DNR held a three-week trail naming contest this past fall. It got nearly 9,000 entries.

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