RHINELANDER - Every school year, more and more students and parents choose virtual learning.
Students in online programs can then take classes they might not have been able to take before.
Rhinelander High School has one of these programs.
80 students are enrolled this year.
Some only take a couple classes online and some are all online.
But online choices can cross district lines, too.
Some students decide to open enroll in an online school in a different district.
Like all districts, Rhinelander would much prefer to keep those students in their own district.
"It's an issue for all school districts. All school districts want to keep their students happy. So I would hope that if they're looking at opportunities outside of the district that they'd also come in and look at our opportunities and compare them and decide what's best for their students," says Virtual Learning Coordinator, Kandi Bartelt.
An outside student who open enrolls into the School District of Rhinelander can't be fully online.
"Because we are not a charter school we are a program within our school district and for being part of the school district the state does have requirements of physical attendance," says Bartelt.
Rhinelander virtual learning leader says students who want to take online courses need to be self motivated.
MILWAUKEE - Democratic Party leaders say Milwaukee was chosen to host the presidential debate because of the state's battleground status in the Midwest.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she expects Democrats to do well this fall in Wisconsin considering the position of the Republican field, which she says is far to the right.
MINOCQUA - Channeling your child's energy can be quite a task. The Family Resource Connection from Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin has found a way to combine music and movement to stimulate your child's development.
The Music Garden program is designed to awaken your child's imagination while celebrating the remarkable bond shared between you.
IRON COUNTY - Humans aren't equipped for single-digit and sub-zero temperatures, but huskies definitely are.
During cold snaps like this week, dog sled drivers can't pass up an opportunity to take the dogs out running—dog sledding or skijoring.
MJ Slone and Chad McGrath in Springstead have 11 huskies at their home. All the dogs are from shelters or families that can't take care of them anymore.
"It was often a sled driver with a team who had maybe 30, 40, 50 dogs and one dog wouldn't fit the team anymore or teams so we would get it," said McGrath.
For Slone and McGrath, taking in dogs started more than 20 years ago.
"Well, I brought home a pup from Alaska because I had worked up there doing some consulting work," said Slone. "My idea was to skijor, which was a fairly new thing in 1990 in the U.S….And then I realized dogs don't like to run alone, so I got another dog….and then I got another dog."
These dogs aren't competitive —they're mostly for recreational racing. Slone and McGrath host outdoor groups and school kids for sled dog racing throughout the winter. They encourage people to get out and try these sports during the winter, even if it's bitterly cold.
"It's the partnership with the dogs," Slone said. "They bring an enthusiasm to your life that you just can't get….They are always happy to see you."
WAUSAU - Wausau Police want to find a convicted dog killer now accused of prostitution.
They're looking for 23-year-old Sean Janas. In 2014, Janas was convicted on two felonies for poisoning her boyfriend's dog. She spent a year and a half in prison after she was convicted in the death of the German shepherd-Labrador mix.
Last month, an undercover officer got in touch with Janas, who was advertising as an escort on the website Backpage.
EAGLE RIVER - Jewelry, flowers, dinner, and chocolate all rank high for traditional Valentine's Day gifts. If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, there are many choices.
"Chocolate is probably number one," says Debbie Preuhs, owner of Country Store of Eagle River. "Then turtles and also fudge. But chocolates wins out. Our busiest days are those two days before Valentine's Day and then Valentine's Day."
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