EAGLE RIVER - Tourism means big business in the Northwoods.
That's one of the reasons why Wisconsin K-12 schools can't legally start until September first or after.
Many school age kids work summer jobs that serve tourists into the late summer, but that later start day could hurt some schools.
Northland Pines wants to start earlier.
It says the Eagle River area doesn't see as many tourists in late August.
"We are seeing some people come here, but not necessarily families with kids. Many of our tourists are from Illinois. There's no start date in Illinois. And they start school that second week in August. So they're back home, they're back in school," says Dr. Mike Richie, Northland Pines District Administrator.
There are events that happen during the school year that bring a lot of tourists to Eagle River.
Northland Pines says it could help with events like the snowmobile derby or Cranberry Fest if they could start earlier.
"We could schedule a recess day on those days. And a number of our staff already volunteer throughout the weekend on those activities. Now we could actually help on the Friday or Thursday of those events when they really need the help. It's a big impact to our community and we have to have those volunteers," says Richie.
This year Northland Pines didn't start until September third.
HAWKINS - You could face challenges trying to get kids to sit down and read during summer. But kids in Hawkins believe they're doing more than reading this summer. It's all part of a country wide theme called Fizz, Boom, Read.
"The whole idea is to get kids excited about reading, to keep them coming to the library to check out great books, and hopefully have some happy teachers at the end of the summer," says Hawkins Library Director Arlene Mabie.
MOLE LAKE - Health workers often face different challenges on the Sokaogon Chippewa reservation in Mole Lake compared to elsewhere in the Northwoods.
"I think they're a little different. We have a (few) more challenges. Sometimes, for a lot of people, it's more crisis than prevention, or preventative services," said Tammy Queen, who works at the Sokaogon Chippewa Health Clinic. "A lot of times, they'll come in when something's bad instead of coming in before something gets really bad."
On Thursday, the tribe wanted to get people thinking about their health before problems occur.
NORTHWOODS - It seems more all-natural and specialty food stores are popping up around the Northwoods. Antigo and Three Lakes welcomed new all-natural and specialty food stores this year. And last week, Eagle River welcomed one, as well.
"We were painstaking about finding things that you cannot find at other shops here in the Eagle River area," said Homeward Bound Specialty Foods owner Patti Katz Black. She and her husband, Dave, opened their Eagle River store last week.
CRANDON - The case against an 18-year-old Laona man will go ahead after a Forest County judge found enough evidence to move forward Wednesday.
Austin Ginter, 18, faces reckless homicide charges in Forest County after a car crash killed 15-year-old Chance Harcus. Another 16-year-old girl was also injured in the July 13th car crash on Old 8 Road west of Crandon.
New information from a preliminary hearing Wednesday shows that Ginter only had his driver's license for two weeks before the crash.
The Experimental Aircraft Association says a pilot was killed and his passenger seriously injured when a plane crashed at the Oshkosh airport where planes taking part in the annual AirVenture convention land.
EAA spokesman Dick Knapinksi says the plane went down on the southeast side of Wittman Regional Airport about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
Knapinski says the man piloting the custom-built Breezy aircraft died from his injuries. The pilot's female passenger is in serious condition.
Names and hometowns of those involved were not immediately released.
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