Students Use iPads in the Classroom Thanks to GrantSubmitted: 03/22/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas

Students Use iPads in the Classroom Thanks to Grant
MERRILL - To make learning fun, some teachers might use flash cards, games or computers.

In one Northwoods elementary school, they're using iPads.

Dee Van Der Geest got an iPad for her class last spring as part of a school-wide program at Kate Goodrich Elementary.

But she wanted more students to use iPads in the classroom.

So she applied for a grant from the Merrill Community Foundation.

The "Beyond Crayons and Computers" grant put 2 more iPads in the classroom.

"We want to move our children into the 21st century, through technology. And that is a way for that to happen. And I'm hoping also that they can take their skills home and teach their parents about them," said Van Der Geest.

Students use reading, math and science programs on their iPads.

Second grader Maria Kildho loves it for the math games.

"My favorite game on here is math bingo. And that's pretty fun because I'm the only player on there, and I can win," said Kildho.

Van der Geest says the iPads have been a motivational tool for her second graders.

They look forward to using them every day.

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ARBOR VITAE - An Arbor Vitae restaurant may be relatively new to the area, but regulars quickly started packing the place every Friday for fish fry.

Ron and Marlena Schisel opened Outback 51 about a year ago.

They say it was tough being the "newbies" at first, but their fish fry got people in the door from the start.

Bluegill is the favorite plate at this fish fry.

" Surprisingly we sell more bluegill more than any other fish. It is a Northwood's native fish, people want to see if it takes the fish that they have when they clean fish," says Ron.

Outback 51 serves fish fry Fridays starting at 11 a.m.

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EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.

"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.

The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade.  Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.

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CRANDON - An inmate in the Forest County Jail committed suicide Wednesday morning. 

According to a press release from the Forest County Sheriff's Office, jail staff found the man shortly after 6:30 a.m.

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ASHLAND COUNTY - The Ashland County Board has rejected a $9.5 million wrongful death claim from the family of a 14-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy.

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CRANDON - A jury found a Crandon woman guilty Wednesday of trying to sneak narcotics into the Forest County Jail. 

Patricia Kirker was found guilty on all five felonies. 

The jury made its decision in less than an hour.

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CRANDON - A Crandon parent group wants school board members removed in a recall election. That process started Wednesday.

Last Thursday, the board suspended superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder while he's under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

The group, Citizens United for Education, supported that move, but its concerns extend beyond Kryder. It says the board is unwilling to listen to its concerns.

Community member Jeff Albrecht plans to run in the recall election. Last Monday, he spoke before Kryder, the board, and about 200 people at a school board meeting.

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RHINELANDER - The ground won't thaw for another month or so, but you can start planning your garden now.

You'll have to wait until mid-May to plant flowers, but you can get away with some vegetable seeds.

Bare root plants are also a good option for early-spring. Those include apple trees, blueberry and raspberry bushes.

"We can help out here when you come out and make sure you get everything you need to get started."

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