RHINELANDER - High school can feel like a world of its own, but today in Rhinelander, a few of those worlds came together.
Lakeland Union, Northland Pines and Rhinelander had their first ever "Northwoods Idea Exchange."
More than 50 student council members from the three schools got together at CAVOC school.
The summit was entirely student-driven.
"I think it's a really great way to step away from the stress of the day-to-day for kids, and also to network with other councils and realize that we're not on an island," said Allie Johnson, student council co-advisor at RHS. "We are all part of this Northwoods area, and we all have great ideas and we can share those ideas and build off them and really create some great bonds between the schools as well."
Student councils usually meet to exchange ideas at statewide and regional events.
But Lakeland Union student council president Jennifer Bauer said this event was more helpful because all three schools are small and rural.
"I think we're coming away with the new ideas we thought we would have, but I think we're also going to be coming away with a lot of new friends and a lot of new people we've met today," Bauer said.
"I hope the students brainstorm a lot of new, fun ideas, and take a lot of events from other schools back to their schools and councils and put them into action to just make their school and communities a better place," said RHS student council president Amber Toboyek.
Northland Pines will host next year's idea exchange.
RHINELANDER - There was no severe weather Thursday, but sirens across the Northwoods were blaring at about 1:45 pm on Thursday.
That's because the National Weather Service held a statewide tornado drill.
It was part of their severe weather awareness week, and Oneida County took part in the drill.
"The sirens are only set off for warnings, in the city of Rhinelander, it's only going to be a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that is affecting the city area," said Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof. "It's also going to be set off for a Tornado Warning affecting the area."
MADISON - The start of a new short-term loan program that wasn't slated to begin until July has been moved up in an effort to help businesses hurt by recent cutbacks at Oshkosh Corp.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state's chief jobs agency, voted this week to start the pilot program earlier. It will provide loans or loan guarantees of up to $250,000 to companies for projects or expenses that may not be eligible for traditional financing.
The board says it was starting the program earlier in light of news that Oshkosh was cutting 760 jobs from its defense division because of budget cuts being made by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The loan program this year will only target businesses in Oshkosh Corp.'s supply chain
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Drug addicts can look nearly everywhere to get their fix, and sometimes they can get that by raiding their family's medicine cabinet.
That's why Lac du Flambeau police gave a drug presentation at an event for the elderly Thursday.
Police leaders wanted to show seniors what could happen if they didn't keep track of their medications.
"A lot of times the elderly and older population can be victims from this. As the younger children, grandchildren, things like that are you know coming in and taking their grandparents prescription drugs," says Sarah Keuer, a nurse at Peter Christensen Health Center.
ACROSS THE U.S. - A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would expand regulation on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, not regulated already by the agency.
The proposal, which was released Thursday, would regulate hookahs, nicotine gels, cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA currently only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking. Medical experts donít know the full health impact of e-cigarettes yet. Leaders at the FDA want to get ahead of the trend.
The proposal would make e-cigarette producers register their products and show their ingredients to the agency.
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