Give Your Old Shoes For A Good Cause Submitted: 05/07/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

Give Your Old Shoes For A Good Cause
Photos By Shardaa Gray

MINOCQUA - You probably throw out your old shoes when they get worn out.

But Lakeland Union High School wants you to donate your old shoes for two good causes.

"There are over three million shoes that get dropped off at dumpsters and stuff." said Lakeland Union High School student, Abbey Shrom.

That's a lot of wasted shoes. Lakeland Union High Schoolers saw those throw aways as opportunity.

"So thinking about it we can reuse these shoes and keep reusing them and send them to people that have good purpose for them after we're done using them." Shrom said.

They're collecting the shoes to help raise money for the Never Forgotten Honor Flights.

Shoe Box Recycling is a company in Pennsylvania that collects old shoes and sends money back.

Then, the shoes go to kids living in countries in need.

Kailey Schafbuch is thrilled to know that they're helping someone from afar.

"It's kinda cool that we're helping out kids that don't have any shoes because when I was younger I was watched this one video of a African boy and when he got his first pair of shoes he was so happy," Schaufbuch said.

"He was jumping up and down. He was so excited and so glad that he got his first pair of shoes."

They didn't have a specific amount of money that they wanted to raise, but they do have a set goal.

"We're thinking off the top of our head 150 pairs of shoes. So far we've collected 26 pairs," said Social Studies teacher, Mike Mestelle.

"So we're on our way towards that 150 goal and we'll be running the program through the end of the school year."

Students hope to have more shoe boxes distributed throughout the Minocqua community.

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ARBOR VITAE - An Arbor Vitae restaurant may be relatively new to the area, but regulars quickly started packing the place every Friday for fish fry.

Ron and Marlena Schisel opened Outback 51 about a year ago.

They say it was tough being the "newbies" at first, but their fish fry got people in the door from the start.

Bluegill is the favorite plate at this fish fry.

" Surprisingly we sell more bluegill more than any other fish. It is a Northwood's native fish, people want to see if it takes the fish that they have when they clean fish," says Ron.

Outback 51 serves fish fry Fridays starting at 11 a.m.

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You'll have to wait until mid-May to plant flowers, but you can get away with some vegetable seeds.

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Last Thursday, the board suspended superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder while he's under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

The group, Citizens United for Education, supported that move, but its concerns extend beyond Kryder. It says the board is unwilling to listen to its concerns.

Community member Jeff Albrecht plans to run in the recall election. Last Monday, he spoke before Kryder, the board, and about 200 people at a school board meeting.

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WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).

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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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For the last 23 years, Yukon Jack has made his own maple syrup from trees in his own yard in Eagle River.

"Normally, I make 30 to 40 gallons," said Jack.

This year, things are looking good for Jack and his syrup.

"This is going to be a good year," said Jack.

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Patricia Kirker was found guilty on all five felonies. 

The jury made its decision in less than an hour.

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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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