MINOCQUA - Year by year, cultures and customs become more globalized.
Lakeland Union High School and a sister school in China want to keep their students in step with the changes.
For four years, high school students from Lakeland and DaQing, China, have exchanged students for a cultural immersion experience.
This week, a pair of Chinese high schoolers are in Minocqua to see American culture firsthand.
They were welcomed by the full student body today.
Their two Lakeland counterparts, who were in China last fall, have advice for them while here.
"Definitely try whatever they could because, I know when I was there, you want to take in the whole experience and make sure you don't miss anything. You might not be able to go back to that country, never be able to try that thing you were able to try there," suggests Nathan Ochocinski.
"They're kind of used to it, but you can tell that when they're here, they're suprised by everything. We have to explain things, we have to explain how to use forks and how to use knives, and how to maneuver around our American lives," says Ali Pleasant.
The two students came with the Liangs, school and community leaders from DaQing.
RHINELANDER - A man threatening to hurt himself and others with a knife sparked an hours-long standoff in Rhinelander Thursday.
Police were called to the home of 21-year-old Mathew Smith on Highway 8 just before 10 a.m. All afternoon, police tried talking to Smith who wouldn't come out of his home. Smith, along with other people, and a child were inside the home at first. Police say within the first half an hour, everyone expect Smith got out safely.
RHINELANDER - The DNR's new secretary takes pride in being from the Northwoods.
Former assembly member Dan Meyer says that's actually one of the reasons Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) chose him for the position.
"I enjoy the outdoors. I have quite a background in fishing and hunting and biking and those sorts of things. I think people feel pretty good that there's somebody from the Northwoods, that understand the Northwoods, and won't forget the Northwoods," said Meyer.
TOMAHAWK - A shooting in Tomahawk killed one person Thursday night. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins confirmed a male victim died after the shooting, which happened on West Mohawk Drive. Elvins wouldn't identify the victim or the suspect, who as of 7:45 p.m. police still had not found.
"I don't know the motive behind it, what triggered it, what was said. I have a detective now writing a search warrant. We have some evidence inside the house that we want to secure," said Elvins. "It appears to be an isolated incident."
The chief did not believe anyone else is in danger.
RHINELANDER - Applause echoed from the rafters of a taller, much fuller building on Kemp Street in Rhinelander Thursday morning. Expera Specialty Solutions dedicated its new, huge paper products coater, which was installed over the last year.
"It's just a beautiful project," Expera President and CEO Russ Wanke said. "[There are] quite a few generations that have come through the [Rhinelander] plant and an investment like this will have many more generations [to follow.]"
LAONA - Spruce saplings his students planted decades ago have grown to tower above Don Kircher as he stands on a forest trail near Laona.
Kircher was a science teacher for 34 years in Laona, and he's visiting the Laona School Forest.
"The trees, of course, some of these trees are unbelievable," Kircher said.
The history of the forest itself might be hard to believe for some people. Little Laona has the nation's first school forest, dedicated in 1928. The Town of Laona bought the property and gave it to the school.
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