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 - We expect trees on our property to suffer when it gets very dry, but for tree health, drought severity may not be as important as another factor. Researchers for the U.S. Forest Service have been studying the impacts of drought on trees across the Midwest, including the Northwoods. One ecologist at the Northern Research Station in Rhinelander found surprising results.
"It was the length of drought that was more important than determining the severity," explained Northern Research Station Ecologist Dr. Eric Gustafson. "Trees have the ability to survive droughts by drawing on their energy reserves, and when the drought is long, those energy reserves get depleted."
MINOCQUA - Too many times, Minocqua-area fishing guide Greg Bohn has heard the stories of tragedy.
A parent on Wisconsin waters jumps in to try to rescue their child, who is in the water without a life jacket. But the parent, also not wearing a personal floatation device (PFD), drowns, even if the child survives.
It happened in July on Shawano Lake in Shawano County, and on Minocqua Lake a few years ago.
"Accidents can happen in seconds, and there's total chaos and emergency," Bohn says while touring Minocqua Lake on his fishing boat.
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