RHINELANDER - Teachers read books, write on chalk boards, and grade tests. We don't expect to see them flipping burgers at McDonald's but tonight, the Crescent Elementary staff is taking over the downtown McDonald's in Rhinelander.
The school is holding its first annual McTeacher Night. Twenty percent of the sales will go to the school. The school uses celebrations to reward student's good behavior, but this costs money.
"We'll use the money for celebrations. We have monthly celebrations. We have celebrities come each week and deliver prizes," says Nicki Meyer, Guidance Counselor.
But it's not all about the money. The Principal says it's nice to get out of school walls.
"See our Crescent Elementary School families and students in a non-school, community setting and supporting our school," Kelly Huseby, Crescent Elementary Principal.
But can these teachers really handle the pressure of working in fast food?! Some are nervous but others are not.
"While, before I worked here, I worked at Dairy Queen, so I feel like I am ready for this job," says Emmie Delveaux, 1st Grade Teacher.
LAONA - Spruce saplings his students planted decades ago have grown to tower above Don Kircher as he stands on a forest trail near Laona.
Kircher was a science teacher for 34 years in Laona, and he's visiting the Laona School Forest.
"The trees, of course, some of these trees are unbelievable," Kircher said.
The history of the forest itself might be hard to believe for some people. Little Laona has the nation's first school forest, dedicated in 1928. The Town of Laona bought the property and gave it to the school.
TOMAHAWK - A shooting in Tomahawk killed one person Thursday night. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins confirmed a male victim died after the shooting, which happened on West Mohawk Drive. Elvins wouldn't identify the victim or the suspect, who as of 7:45 p.m. police still had not found.
"I don't know the motive behind it, what triggered it, what was said. I have a detective now writing a search warrant. We have some evidence inside the house that we want to secure," said Elvins. "It appears to be an isolated incident."
The chief did not believe anyone else is in danger.
RHINELANDER - The DNR's new secretary takes pride in being from the Northwoods.
Former assembly member Dan Meyer says that's actually one of the reasons Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) chose him for the position.
"I enjoy the outdoors. I have quite a background in fishing and hunting and biking and those sorts of things. I think people feel pretty good that there's somebody from the Northwoods, that understand the Northwoods, and won't forget the Northwoods," said Meyer.
RHINELANDER - Applause echoed from the rafters of a taller, much fuller building on Kemp Street in Rhinelander Thursday morning. Expera Specialty Solutions dedicated its new, huge paper products coater, which was installed over the last year.
"It's just a beautiful project," Expera President and CEO Russ Wanke said. "[There are] quite a few generations that have come through the [Rhinelander] plant and an investment like this will have many more generations [to follow.]"
RHINELANDER - A man threatening to hurt himself and others with a knife sparked an hours-long standoff in Rhinelander Thursday.
Police were called to the home of 21-year-old Mathew Smith on Highway 8 just before 10 a.m. All afternoon, police tried talking to Smith who wouldn't come out of his home. Smith, along with other people, and a child were inside the home at first. Police say within the first half an hour, everyone expect Smith got out safely.
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