MCNAUGHTON - We can learn life lessons from parents, teachers and friends.
But have you ever thought you can learn from a horse?
There's no doubt McNaughton's Jonathan Brood loves horse.
He was raised on a sheep and cattle farm in Upper Michigan.
There, he learned how to work with his first horse.
"Once I got into horses, really everything we did with that horse on the farm was wrong," said Horsemanship Director, Jonathan Brood.
"As we really started growing in my understanding horsemanship, you just kind of go well, we lived it was good."
Now, Jonathan teaches at Fort Wilderness Camp in McNaughton.
Every Monday he teaches leadership with campers by building trust with horses.
"Horses look for leaders. They have to be a leader. It's either it's going to be a leader or you are and they want to know that right from the get go," Brood said.
"One of the things we'll talk about tonight is the fact that we as people look for leaders too."
We deal with fear almost every day.
Brood wants some of the kids to conquer their fear.
"You'll have kids that are totally afraid of being on the horses back and as they've done you can say, 'see look what you've accomplished; what you've done with that horse'" Brood said.
"That fear just totally melts away."
Battling an obstacle can be tough in life.
Brood teaches that to kids by setting obstacles for the horses to get around.
"They have to get this horse to do it, do something. Well the horse knows that's the hardest thing to do so it wants to make its way around, but in the process the child is growing in its confidence." said Brood.
Confidence learned on a farm can be used in all of life's aspects.
RHINELANDER - This year the PotatoFest in Rhinelander will still have the favorites, like the French Fry Frenzy and Polka Sunday.
But there will also be a few new additions like a beanbag toss tournament, and potato pantyhose bowling.
"The pantyhose bowling that's where you wear a pantyhose on your head and it's filled with a potato, and then you have to swing your head to knock pins, or knock the ball down to knock the pins over," said DRI Executive Director Maggie Steffen.
VILAS COUNTY - Whether you're in the Northwoods for Labor Day Weekend or you call it home, you will have to be more careful around mosquitoes.
A dead crow in Vilas County tested positive for West Nile Virus, which is carried by mosquitoes.
According to a Vilas County Public Health Department press release, this is the first bird this summer to test positive for it.
Gina Egan of the Vilas County Health Department said over the years the county has found infected birds.
Egan suggests avoiding mosquitoes and wearing bug spray. She also suggests getting rid of standing water outside your home, such as bird baths or gutters.
Public health nurses stress that most people who do get West Nile do not get sick.
"Twenty percent of the people have it really mild," said Oneida County public health nurse Dawn Klink. "Eighty percent of the people have no symptoms. And less than one percent get really really deathly ill. And those are usually the ones that get tested for it and go in. Other people just think they've got a bug and don't go in."
Nurses want you to call the local health department if you do see a dead bird.
If you do feel you have severe symptoms of West Nile, nurses say to go to your doctor to get tested.
MINOCQUA - Heading back to school makes many students stress about what they are going to wear, especially when it comes to that first day look. And educators at one Northwoods school want their students to know that dressing for success, is more important than dressing to fit in.
At Lakeland Union High School, the dress code is designed to promote making wise fashion choices. Administrators say they want students to get in the routine of dressing, as if they're going to work.
"We're teaching them how to get ready for college and how to get ready for a career that they're going to be going into, 'career and college readiness', we want to make sure that they understand 'dressing for success', and a lot of times we spend a lot of time talking from that point of view," said Lakeland Union High School principal Jim Bouche.
Lakeland Union High School doesn't require uniforms, but they do have specific guidelines in place. They don't spell out what students can wear, but instead tell them what they can't. The overall goal is to keep kids focused in class.
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