RHINELANDER - It might sound hard to make school fun but when you take classes outside and turn school work into teamwork, it can happen. That's how 4th graders from Rhinelander's Central Intermediate School spent the day.
They had class at the District's outdoor classroom. It gave students the chance to get to know one another.
"You can see some kids introducing each other to other friends that they knew because they both came from different schools, Pelican and Crescent, and so, when they come to Central, it's kind of like a reunion again of where they were but then also with new people," says Shari Wendland, 4th Grade Teacher.
Kids moved through different sessions. They covered everything from science to gym class and art, but the main subject was teamwork.
"Of course they are cheering for each other. And first it's the boy-girl competition and then, all of the sudden, it's the whole class and they have to work together. So they're like, 'Come on, you can do it!' They're all excited," says Shari Wendland, 4th Grade Teacher.
Students also learned about turkey calling and aquatic invasive species from guest speakers.
PHILLIPS - Kids see plenty of pressure these days and that pressure can cause kids to turn to drugs.
However, the AM Vets POST 50 teamed up with Phillips Elementary fourth grade students to give kids a different type of stress relief.
Chloe Borchert was one of nearly 70 students who skipped school to fish on Solberg Lake Wednesday to enjoy the Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs program.
"I hope to catch a lot of blue gills and croppies," said Chloe.
AM Vets Commander Douglas Rasmussen says this is the 10th year the AM Vets teamed up with the school. Every year the AM Vets purchase 100 fishing rods to give out to the Price County fourth grade students.
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.
RHINELANDER - For the last 15 years principal Shirley Heise guided and led students at Rhinelander's Nativity of Our Lord Catholic school. Late last week Heise learned she was dismissed immediately with two weeks left to go in the school year.
Some parents demanded an explanation and are still waiting on an answer.
"Couldn't have asked for a better partner," Cathy Deede said.
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