RHINELANDER - September means the start of school for kids in the Northwoods.
State law requires schools to start after Labor Day. But some state legislators think school districts should pick the start day.
Crandon Elementary Principal Jamee Belland believes it would give her district more flexibility.
"I think in this area we would maybe move the start day up a little bit," Belland said.
The law, along with snow days, usually pushes the school year well into June. An earlier start would fix that. Belland thinks it would also help students prepare for state required tests.
"The PALS test already starts on Monday," Belland said. "First grade has to give that test and then within another week kindergarten and the other grades fall in line, so it's early to be testing to where maybe a few more weeks would give us ample time."
But tourist based businesses worry they would lose teenage workers during the busiest part of the season. Republican State Rep. Rob Swearingen also owns a dinner club outside of Rhinelander. He thinks a change would hurt businesses.
"We really only have that eight weeks to make hay," Swearingen said. "So when you take that second or third week potentially out of our workforce it really is a struggle."
Republican Sen. Jim Ott introduced the bill. He believes it won't hurt tourism because elected school boards would make the changes.
"Changing the law would not require that schools to start before September 1st," Ott said. "It would just simply give the local school board the right to start whenever they wanted to."
But many business would rather have their workers in late August than early June. Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lara Reed fears tourists might not be around if a cold spring stretches into summer.
"Weather and never knowing, that thought kind of makes you a little nervous to think about shifting it that direction," Reed said.
The bill sits in the Wisconsin State Assembly Tourism Committee. Many businesses hope it goes no further than that.
VILAS COUNTY - People in Vilas County will see a new member of the Sheriff's Department.
His name is Helo, and he's the new K9 unit.
He's a year-and-a-half-old Belgian Malinois from Hungary.
Helo replaces Draco, the Vilas County K9 who retired in 2016.
Helo and his handler, Deputy Zac Stern, recently got back from a six-week long training program in North Carolina.
"Give him a command, they're all in Dutch, that way I'm the only one who's familiar with the commands," Stern said.
Helo will be with Deputy Zac Stern on all of his shifts. He also lives at home with Stern.
Helo is trained in drug detection and apprehension.
"They're able to do things a lot more efficiently than we can and a lot faster," Stern said. "Kind of referring to the tracking, whether it's a missing person or a criminal we're trying to track down, obviously he can do that a lot faster."
Deputy Stern says Helo is a very friendly dog, and if you see them out and about, don't be afraid to say hello.
MERRILL - Normally, we learn how to ride bikes. But what if a bike could help us learn in other ways?
A bike on display at the T.B. Scott Free Library in Merrill will help kids learn about solar energy. Pedal Power will be showcased as part of the Summer Library Program starting Thursday until June 12.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School seniors will say goodbye to their school in a couple of weeks. But not before they leave something behind.
A special group of students was selected to participate in the art show. Madison Krueger-Brown, Katie Vannatter, Hayley Strong and Ciarra Clifford have been committed to the arts during their high school careers.
On Wednesday they got a chance to showcase their work.
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