WAUSAU - One Wausau teacher still can't believe the Wisconsin State Superintendent picked her as the special services teacher of the year.
Wausau West High School's Lynne Kohlhepp thought she was just going to a pep rally Wednesday. She quickly noticed important people, like the State Superintendent Tony Evers showing up. That's when she found out she won the award.
"You just don't think its going to be you," Kohlhepp said. "Then they say get up there and give a speech and I'm looking at the whole student body and I was like, now what do I say?"
Kohlhepp has taught special education for more than 30 years. She'll get $3,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation for the honor.
Kohlhepp plans on using that money to give back to the school.
"I believe that in special education you can't do the job without a supportive staff," Kohlhepp said. "Administrators all the way to the lunch ladies and custodians, they all help."
The state gives out four teacher of the year awards. One each goes to an elementary, middle school, high school and special services teacher. The state picks one of those four as the state's representative for national teaching awards.
Kohlhepp will be in Madison next week for interviews that will pick the overall state teacher of the year.
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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