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Why do young people move to the Northwoods?Submitted: 01/23/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray

Why do young people move to the Northwoods?
ONEIDA COUNTY - A local organization wants to know why young people move to the Northwoods.

They also want to know why young people stay.

Oneida County U-W Extension partnered with the Rhinelander Young Professionals
to find out how people feel about living in the Northwoods.

The organization sent out a web based survey last month.

They asked more than 300 people between the ages of 19 and 25 why they're here.

"A lot of young people have left. We know the number of people between the ages
of 19 and 24 has decreased by about 25 percent in the last decade," said UW
Extension Community Resource Development Agent, Tim Brown.

"But that means a whole lot of them have stayed here. There's a lot of people
who choose to live in this area when they could be moving elsewhere."

They're not sure if the survey will actually help bring in more younger people.

But they do think it will help city officials understand what young people like
about the Rhinelander area.

"Help them understand the kind of resources young people are looking for.
Whether that's restaurants, shopping, educational opportunities, economic
opportunities, chances to get outdoors," Brown said.

"We want to know what it is young people care about."

They would also like to hear back from people older than 25.

Related Weblinks:
Click here to take the survey

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 IN OTHER NEWS
What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/19/2018

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

DNR wardens will start increasing patrols on snowmobile trails in the Northwoods, especially in Iron and Price counties. We talk to a warden supervisor about the number of accidents the last two weeks and how the wardens plan to minimize the accidents.

We'll show you how a new tool for the Woodruff Fire Department will help extinguish a fire even before firefighters arrive at the scene.

And tonight on Friday Night Blitz we'll bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following basketball games:

Girls:

Crandon vs. Laona-Wabeno

D.C. Everest vs. Merrill

Mosinee vs. Rhinelander


Boys:

Rhinelander vs. Mosinee



That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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MADISON - Governor Scott Walker plans to issue two executive orders to fight opioid abuse.

The governor plans to sign the orders Friday afternoon in Eau Claire.

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GREEN BAY - The case against a man accused of ramming cars at Lambeau Field will go forward.

A preliminary hearing for Chay Vang was held Thursday.

He's facing seven charges, including recklessly endangering safety.

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EAGLE RIVER - If you want to get an good understanding of what makes Eagle River tick in the winter time, the first stop should be the ice castle.

At a structure made of thousands of blocks of ice, about 55 Eagle River Elementary fourth-grade students learned how the decades-old idea comes together each year.

"They're actually a little warm because this is a heat wave for us," teacher Nicole Musial said of her students.  "These are the future members of our community. When they grow up, they re going to do something incredible."

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EAGLE RIVER - The World Championship Derby started as a small oval racetrack on Dollar Lake.

The race began back in 1964 thanks to Chanticleer Inn's John and Betty Alward.

They wanted a way to keep business up during the slow winter season for themselves and fellow resort owners.

Their son Jake still runs the inn and remembers the excitement behind the "newness" of the sport.

"Every factory wanted their machine first! Money was not the object… it was getting the right machine the right equipment….The right this and that. People flew to Minneapolis to get and engine or a part!" says Alward.

The 55th World Championship Derby is this weekend.

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THREE LAKES - A public library will do just about anything to help out its loyal patrons. But what happens when the library needs help?

The Demmer Memorial Library in Three Lakes needs help storing books during an upcoming renovation. Over 3,000 books need to be cleared out of the library during the construction period and library card holders will get the chance to check out up to 100 books for an entire year.

The idea of book babysitting made perfect sense to library director, Erica Brewster.

"If we could get a hundred people to check out 100 books, that would be a third of our collection that we wouldn't have to physically pickup and move and put in a new location," said Brewster. 

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THREE LAKES - A new program at the Three Lakes School District gives students a chance to test drive their future careers.
The mentorship program lets students shadow a professional for a day.
Juniors and seniors can work with professionals in fields they're interested in.
Senior Maggie Servent is one of the ten students in the program.

She shadowed a pharmacist in Eagle River.
" I'm a little more at ease knowing that this is definitely something I'm going to enjoy once I get out into the real world and have this job," said Servent. 

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