EAGLE RIVER - Kids explore, play and create every day at the Northwoods Children's Museum in Eagle River.
But that wouldn't be possible without some dedicated volunteers.
And this crew, might surprise you.
Before dozens of children can create arts and crafts, work needs to be done.
"We start off the day with the workshop, and then we do pickup which is like a toy that is not in the right spot and we have to take it and put it back," said volunteer Nikole Bortolotti.
These guys are just some of the Northwoods Children's Museum's youth volunteers.
They're helping out one day a week, for 3 hours a day.
"The Youth volunteers do a lot of the cleaning and prepping for the different crafts. And it helps the staff members save time by doing stuff," said program organizer Lauren Riedel.
The summer program allows youth ages 10 to 14, to help out museum staff.
In return they get volunteer hours and museum dollars.
Abel Lifeschutz is in his 5th year of volunteering. He says he does it for the kids.
"It's really beneficial because you're helping so many little kids and they always have fun, and it's really nice to see all the little kids having fun here. And that's what most people do it for," said Lifeschutz.
And for some of the younger volunteers, they might have one extra reason for helping out.
"It's fun. If you get here a little early, you get to play with some of the toys," said Bortolotti.
The youth volunteer program continues through August 9th.
June Dairy Month isn't just for the cows; it's for goats, too!
Hillbilly Hollow in Conover specializes in goat milk products, especially all types of cheese.
Kathy Martin makes around 35 flavors of soft goat cheese, along with other artisan cheese.
She says the calories are much less than regular cow milk cheese.
"I've had goat cheese that was absolutely horrible. Had it been my first try I would never try it again. BUT they're not all created equal. It's just like with cheddars or anything, sometimes you don't get one as good as another one. Just keep trying."
Hillbilly Hollow just opened a brand new store in Eagle River with all of its goat products.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee is on the short list to host the Democratic National Convention in 2020.
Wisconsin's largest city was among four cities to make the cut Wednesday by the DNC site selection committee. But the Denver Post is reporting that city, which also made the cut, is planning to withdraw its application.
MERRILL - As Linda DeBroux walks through Merrill High School, she can see the halls she helped create.
What started as plain, whitewashed walls now look like an art gallery. For each of the last 13 summers, DeBroux has guided a select group of her art students to create murals to fill the walls.
"When I walk down, I don't just see the painting, I see the student, right there, painting on that wall," she said Wednesday. "I think of all the struggles, the struggle points they had, and parts where they celebrated."
Murals by ten students this week will bring the total to 157 on school walls. Like it does every summer, it will take long days to accomplish the project.
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