MINOCQUA - The newest technology can help kids with autism at school.
A Northwoods community organization wants to bring more of that technology to autistic students in the Lakeland district.
The Lakeland Area Kiwanis Club is looking to put more iPads in schools.
The devices, in particular, have been a good fit for autistic students.
"These iPads can be teaching tools. They can be calming devices, to calm the kids down. They can even be used when a kid can't talk - there are speech apps that these iPads can do," says Get Your K's On Run Chair Dan Brunette.
Each iPad, with the right apps, costs around $750.
To raise money, the Kiwanis is hosting the first-ever Get Your K's On Run on April 27 in Minocqua.
The event includes 1K, 5K, and 10K options.
"The beauty of it, it's not flat. The 5K has about 36 feet of elevation change throughout the entire course, and the 10K has about 60 feet," Brunette says.
The Lakeland Times and four others will serve as title sponsors.
But the event still needs your support, either as a runner or volunteer.
Visit lakelandkiwanis.com for more information and to register.
RHINELANDER - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge. The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.
Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather. Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.
This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016. The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.
ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.
Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.
MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations. The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.
The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program. The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed. Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.
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