Living History Helps Third Graders LearnSubmitted: 03/28/2013

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RHINELANDER - Getting kids to take interest in people that lived more than a hundred years ago can be tough.

But one Northwoods teacher figured out a way.

Michelle Flohr's third grade class created a wax museum today at Crescent Elementary School.

Students pretended to be famous Americans.

They dressed up and gave short biographies of people like Harry Houdini, Rosa Parks, and Steve Jobs.

We talked to Houdini, known on most days as Colton Lemen.

"It's kind of nervous at first, but once you get halfway through and then you kind of feel good and fluent," Colton said. "When you keep doing it, you're really fluent anad then you keep getting better and better."

Students from other classes got a history lesson by visiting the wax museum.

For Flohr's class, the museum seems like play.

But she says they're learning important skills.

"They did so much researching between looking on the web, using books, finding pictures," Flohr said. "They had to do a lot of note-taking, they learned how to make timelines, and also how to write a biography."

The wax museum was open to parents and other classes for two hours this morning.

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Camp introduces middle schoolers to engineering fieldSubmitted: 07/10/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Camp doesn't involve bonfires, hiking and the outdoors for one group of Northwoods middle schoolers. Instead, their camp gets them ready for high school engineering classes and beyond.

"It's a lot more complicated than most people think," said eighth grader Hunter Indermuehle.

He is one of eighteen 6th, 7th, and 8th graders spending this week back in the classroom for Engineering Camp at Northland Pines.

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Local airport gets upgradesSubmitted: 07/10/2014

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ARBOR VITAE - The Lakeland Airport will soon get a new maintenance building to help with everyday work. Construction on the building started earlier this summer after more than three years of planning. The building will store machines the airport needs to keep the runway and surrounding areas clear.

Rising costs going into the building planning as well as the federal funding process led to several delays in construction.

"Right now the cost of that is at $518,000 and it's about 3,150 square feet," says Lakeland Airport Administrator Jon Schmitz. "We hoped for a bigger one, but the Federal Aviation Administration sizes buildings based on the equipment that they subsidize."

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Michigan copper mine tour won't cost a pennySubmitted: 07/10/2014

MICHIGAMME TOWNSHIP, MI - A Marquette County mine is offering free tours as it prepares to begin operation.

The Mining Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1ono9JQ ) the Lundin's Eagle Mine aims to remove about 360 million pounds of nickel and 295 million pounds of copper from the ore.

The mine is already busy with trucks and semi tractor-trailers hauling rock as it gears up to start operation in about two months. Two multimillion-dollar Swedish machines about 1,000 feet below ground drill holes that will be used to blast the ore.

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Hodag Kicks OffSubmitted: 07/10/2014

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RHINELANDER - People from all across the country will dance and sing along with their favorite country stars.

Thursday kicks off the 2014 Hodag Country Festival. This is the 37th year of the event.

The first of the big-name stars will take the stage Thursday Night. Craig Campbell is the first to go on at 7 P-M. He will be followed by Kenny Rogers at 9. Friday night will feature Tracy Lawrence, Kellie Pickler, and Josh Turner.

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Gogebic asks DNR to renew exploration permitsSubmitted: 07/10/2014

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MADISON - A company looking to open a huge iron mine near Mellen wants state officials to renew its two exploratory drilling permits.

The Department of Natural Resources granted Gogebic Taconite two exploratory drilling permits last year. The company has asked the DNR to renew each permit for another year.

Now the company has asked the agency to renew each permit. One permit would authorize drilling six new holes as well as another hole the company had planned to dig over the last year but didn't. The other permit would cover six other holes that have already been dug but remain open for groundwater investigation.

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Military couple with Northwoods ties win dream weddingSubmitted: 07/10/2014

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MILWAUKEE - A Wisconsin couple with Northwoods ties will get their dream wedding thanks to your help.

Thursday, Captain Matt Mangerson and Michelle Burton found out they won a $20,000 dream military wedding sponsored by Potawatomi Casino Hotel.

They got the most votes out of the final four couples.

Thursday morning Matt and Michelle appeared on Milwaukee's "The Morning Blend" program.

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Wisconsin appeals ruling allowing gay marriagesSubmitted: 07/10/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin has appealed a federal judge's ruling from last month striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed the appeal on Thursday as he indicated at the time of the original ruling he would. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled on June 6 that the ban, approved by voters in 2006, was a violation of gay couples' equal protection and due process rights.

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