EAGLE RIVER - Where do kids learn the most? Is it at a school desk, or on a field trip? One place in Eagle River combines the best of both worlds.
The Northwoods Children's Museum is a truly special place. Some, are even moved to tears by it...
"You see kids having a really good time… Once in a while you see them crying when they have to go home,” said Ken Nimmer, the museum’s board president, “They really like to be here."
As the museum's board president and a retired school psychologist Ken and Lynne Nimmer understand how important playing is for children to learn and grow.
"Kids learn through doing and hands-on, and everything here is touchable."
This museum is the perfect classroom- It's 23 exhibits of fun and valuable lessons.
“Every one of them teach different things,” said Rouleen Gartner, the Northwoods Children's Museum Director, “Whether it's science, reading, just how to be a professional in the work-field."
For 15 years kids have ENJOYED learning and exploring at the Northwoods Children's Museum. It's a place where families can connect and have fun. But places like this don't exist without help from the community.
"Sometimes the hardest part is just to find the money to keep things operating," said Nimmer.
Revenue for the museum dropped 30% in the last 2 years. That's more than half their budget- the rest comes from donors.
"When it decreases that much, it really hurts us,” said Gartner. “So we definitely have to find other support to help keep the doors open, and keep us viable in this community."
Luckily they've got their supporters. The Nimmer's and an annoymous donor gave $15,000 to the museum. That's a lot of lessons and a lot of smiles. They'd like YOUR help to keep them coming.
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 don’t 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.
RHINELANDER - It won't be much longer before the Hodag water show gears up for the summer, but right now they need to make repairs to their building. Rod Olson says it may cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to make repairs to the building. To watch the video click on the video link.
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.
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."
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