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Fifth Graders Create Art to Battle Invasive SpeciesSubmitted: 04/18/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Fifth Graders Create Art to Battle Invasive Species
RHINELANDER - People worry more about aquatic invasive species after the ice melts in the Northwoods.

But this year, the awareness project is starting early - and at an early age for students.

Theresa Werner's fifth grade class in Rhinelander is just one of the classes in the area making posters.

The posters are for the Oneida County AIS contest.

The contest is meant to draw attention to the problem of invasives in our ter.

"(Eur)asian watermilfoil in some lakes, purple loosestrife, and zebra mussels in our lakes, and it's spreading really bad," says Alexa Adams.

"I was thinking that I just wanted to educate everybody about what invasive species can do to our waters," explains Izzy Haverkampf.
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"This is a very important project to me, so I took my time on this. I take my time on really good projects," says Robert Towne.

These posters will go against all other entries from the Oneida County area.

For Mrs. Werner's class, this project will become even more hands-on.

The students will go on the water to see invasive species for themselves.

"I'm really excited for it because I really want to see what it is all about and things like that," Hailee Verbist says.

The class will visit Boom Lake in late May - if there's no ice.

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MINOCQUA -
You can help the Oneida County Dive Team by grabbing your goggles and swim cap Saturday (June 23) morning.

Swimmers will launch from Torpy Park for the Minocqua Island Swim Challenge.

The race is one mile long, but people can choose to swim just 400 meters, too.

The water temperature will be about 65 degrees during the race.

"A lot of people will wear wet suits and be very comfortable. I have seen plenty of people go without and have no trouble," says Laura Fuhrman.

Money raised from the race will go to Oneida County's dive team.

They are first responders to water rescue calls.

"We just got our dark vision gear last year through fundraisers like this. It helps us be more efficient and safe," says Assistant Dive Team Leader, Michael Fraley.

You still have time to register in person Friday night from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Torpy Park.

Click below for more info.

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CHIPPEWA FALLS - A World War II veteran who spent more than a year as a prisoner of war is finally being awarded the Purple Heart.

The Leader-Telegram reports that 94-year-old Max Bergen will receive the medal Friday. The Wisconsin man says he's overwhelmed and stunned by the honor.

Bergen was serving on a bomb squadron when he was shot down over Germany in 1944. He was held prisoner at a camp in Austria for 14 months.

Bergen suffered shoulder and ankle wounds in the crash, but he had no paperwork about the injuries because he was immediately taken prisoner. Such documentation is needed for the medal that honors troops injured in combat.

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The state has had seven confirmed hospitalizations caused by the use of the synthetic drug since March.


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The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are making three stops in Wisconsin as part of a nationwide March for Our Lives: Road to Change tour. They plan to hold events Friday in Janesville and Madison and on Saturday in Milwaukee.

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State Representative Dana Wachs, of Eau Claire, announced Friday that he is ending his campaign and endorsing Tony Evers.

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HOUGHTON - River Valley Bank will accept donations for flood victims in Houghton and the surrounding area. 

Anyone can make a donation online or in person at a River Valley Bank. 

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TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk worked for nearly 20 years to buy property to connect the city to nearby trail systems.

But bikers will have to wait another year for the connection.

The city now expects the path to be finished next August or September.

The project got pushed back because the Wisconsin Department of Transportation can't fund its part of the project this year.

Tomahawk is still ready for the addition.

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