CRANDON - Parents know a bored kid is a kid who's more likely to get into trouble.
When they're little, that means drawing on the walls, crossing the street, and eating too much candy.
But as kids get older, getting into trouble can be dangerous for them and the community.
4-H programs around the country keep kids busy with farming and agriculture programs.
But UW-Extension is sponsoring a new Mole Lake 4-H program.
This one will get kids on the right track by getting them to the race track.
Kids who join Mole Lake 4-H will build and race their own cars at R.C. Havok race track in Crandon.
Adults will mentor them during the process.
Coordinator Richard Ackley hopes those relationships will help kids make the right choices.
"Juvenile deliquency is a potential problem, and we are taking an aggressive step to start now," Ackley said. "We know children ages 10 through 17 are in their critical years, and if they don't get proper mentoring from adults, they may go an alternate route, and we want to make sure they stay on the right track, and our kids are our future."
Ackley is also thinking about the kids' futures.
The relationships they'll build at 4-H are important, but so are the technical skills.
"The electronics is important because when you build your own race car and you maintain it, you may choose a career in robotics when you move on in life," he said. "We're going to help these kids get started now in understanding what robotics is all about."
The group will put together their race cars the second week of June.
There are 15 spots still open.
Sokaogon Chippewa tribal members get sign-up priority, but then anyone is welcome.
You can email Ackley to register at email@example.com.
Ackley eventually plans to add golf, organic gardening, and traditional pow-wow clothing design programs.
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.
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. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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