EAGLE RIVER - We work more closely with China every day, exchanging jobs, ideas, and products.
So it makes sense that we should also learn about China.
Northland Pines students will get an opportunity to do just that.
Ten students from China are spending a month at the high school and middle school.
Ninth grader Cloris Fu had her doubts after the long flight from China.
"But then I saw this awesome place and I started to think "Whoa, everything is worth it." It's great to be here," she said.
Principal Jim Brewer hopes the program leads to frienships, but it's also about economics.
"For us to learn from each other and grow and adapt with each other is vitally important not only for individual students, but America as well," Brewer said. "China is our largest trading partner and with the amount of people that they have, it's very important that we connect with them."
Two students from Northland Pines will visit Beijing in March.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change. "I realized I had enough this is a young man's job," said Drury. Friday afternoon Drury said goodbye to a room of men who merged and became family. "Not having that is a little scary I know they'll always be our family but it's hard to leave," said Cassi. Cassi watched her dad rush off to help his community since the day she was born. "It's scary because you hear about the times things don't go right or the times fire fighters don't come home," said Cassi.
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