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 - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments.
"We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson.
Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's.
"We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent.
The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants.
"For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent.
"We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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