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.
CRANDON - Terri Burl wanted to ask more questions than make comments during Congressman Sean Duffy's town hall in Crandon on Thursday.
"Everybody's in the state of the unknown right now," Burl said.
Burl, a Republican, was thinking of her 26-year-old son in Oshkosh as she asked Duffy (R-Wausau) about health care concerns. She worries about tax penalties for her uninsured son and the GOP's lack of solid ideas to replace the Affordable Care Act.
MERRILL - The Merrill Police Department need helping finding anyone involved in several acts of vandalism that happened earlier this week.
Brian Schwartz has lived in his home on River Street in Merrill for almost 10 years. His garage, his neighbor's garage, and the public service building down the street were vandalized. Schwartz reported the vandalism to police on Monday.
Schwartz says this is the first time anyone has vandalized his property.
MADISON - The Senate judiciary committee is set to vote on four bills that would impose tougher drunken driving penalties.
The Republican proposals would create a five-year minimum prison sentence for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and raise the minimum incarceration period for fifth and sixth offenses from six months to 18 months.
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