CRANDON - Parents know a bored kid is a kid who's more likely to get into trouble.
When they're little, that means drawing on the walls, crossing the street, and eating too much candy.
But as kids get older, getting into trouble can be dangerous for them and the community.
4-H programs around the country keep kids busy with farming and agriculture programs.
But UW-Extension is sponsoring a new Mole Lake 4-H program.
This one will get kids on the right track by getting them to the race track.
Kids who join Mole Lake 4-H will build and race their own cars at R.C. Havok race track in Crandon.
Adults will mentor them during the process.
Coordinator Richard Ackley hopes those relationships will help kids make the right choices.
"Juvenile deliquency is a potential problem, and we are taking an aggressive step to start now," Ackley said. "We know children ages 10 through 17 are in their critical years, and if they don't get proper mentoring from adults, they may go an alternate route, and we want to make sure they stay on the right track, and our kids are our future."
Ackley is also thinking about the kids' futures.
The relationships they'll build at 4-H are important, but so are the technical skills.
"The electronics is important because when you build your own race car and you maintain it, you may choose a career in robotics when you move on in life," he said. "We're going to help these kids get started now in understanding what robotics is all about."
The group will put together their race cars the second week of June.
There are 15 spots still open.
Sokaogon Chippewa tribal members get sign-up priority, but then anyone is welcome.
You can email Ackley to register at email@example.com.
Ackley eventually plans to add golf, organic gardening, and traditional pow-wow clothing design programs.
MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations. The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.
The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program. The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed. Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.
ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.
Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.
RHINELANDER - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge. The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.
Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather. Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.
This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016. The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.
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