GOODMAN - In the Northwoods, the forest surrounds us.
But are students in our schools learning enough about that natural resource?
A group called LEAF - Learning, Experiences, and Activities in Forestry - wants to make sure the forest is part of students' education - and culture.
It's an initiative of UW-Stevens Point.
"(We help with) learning how to use forests to teach all subject areas - math, science, language arts. We do that through providing professional development for the teachers and curriculum resources that are tied to standards," says Jeremy Solin with the program.
The Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District uses LEAF's help more than any other.
On Friday, leaders from other school districts met in Goodman to learn how they can make their curriculum more like it.
"Northern Wisconsin is a beautiful place, but we really need young people here, with their creative ideas and energy, sharing their knowledge and skills with us. This really helps to set a foundation and connect them to place, so that these are communities they want to come back to," Solin says.
Almost 5,000 teachers have participated in LEAF programs in the last decade.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
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