MINOCQUA - Year by year, cultures and customs become more globalized.
Lakeland Union High School and a sister school in China want to keep their students in step with the changes.
For four years, high school students from Lakeland and DaQing, China, have exchanged students for a cultural immersion experience.
This week, a pair of Chinese high schoolers are in Minocqua to see American culture firsthand.
They were welcomed by the full student body today.
Their two Lakeland counterparts, who were in China last fall, have advice for them while here.
"Definitely try whatever they could because, I know when I was there, you want to take in the whole experience and make sure you don't miss anything. You might not be able to go back to that country, never be able to try that thing you were able to try there," suggests Nathan Ochocinski.
"They're kind of used to it, but you can tell that when they're here, they're suprised by everything. We have to explain things, we have to explain how to use forks and how to use knives, and how to maneuver around our American lives," says Ali Pleasant.
The two students came with the Liangs, school and community leaders from DaQing.
Heavy rain this weekend nearly delayed the start of Lake Tomahawk's snowshoe baseball season.
The Snowhawks will begin their 12 game schedule Monday night against Newswatch 12.
Early Monday, it looked like the field at Snowshoe Park might be too wet to play on.
Snowhawks Manager Jeff Smith said the sun Monday afternoon has helped prepare the wood chips on the field for the game.
"Once you get them ruffed up, it kind of pulls the moisture out. It's kind of nice to have the sun going, because it will dry some of that right up. It takes a little while, it takes a little wind, but with everything going on now it's going to make big improvements by game time," said Smith.
LAKE TOMAHAWK - Camp American Legion recently opened up for visitors this year, but campers will notice some big changes.
The entire top floor of the main building was redone with new flooring and new bathrooms. The camp also cleared the way to put in concrete outside the front entrance to be used as a future spot for music and other outdoor gatherings.
But those aren't the only projects underway.
"The other one that we worked on was the front entrance and the sunroom entrance out here actually on the second floor, and that got a complete facelift on it also," said Camp Director Don Grundy. "We got stone work on the outside, all new windows, that we'll now be able to use these spaces in the winter."
Grundy hopes to be able to have winter programming in the future. The camp will also have a grand opening for a new building for families of the fallen this coming Wednesday.
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