RHINELANDER - Children may run out the door on the last day of school, but many adults can't wait to go back to school - even if it's just for a week.
"I come to the School of the Arts and I just get so inspired that I do most of my writing right after I leave again," says Shirley Babcock, a School of the Arts participant.
This is Shirley Babcock's sixth year at the School of the Arts.
She takes mostly writing classes.
After her first time at the school, she had her short story published.
Now, she's working on a novel.
"I really encourage people to go. I didn't think I could write. But I had a lot I wanted to say. And I was encouraged," she says.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Rhinelander's School of the Arts.
The University of Wisconsin started the program in a number of communities.
But today, only the Rhinelander School of the Arts remains.
"Originally the concept was to take the resources of the University under the Wisconsin Idea, and bring it to the boundaries of the state. And so to come to a rural area, and find that they could bring writing and cultural events and opportunity to work with the folks that are living locally here," says School of the Arts Director Lynn Tarnoff.
James Williams Middle School hosts the program.
This year, students can choose from 59 classes clustered into 6 different tracks.
"We have art and folk art, culinary arts and nutrition, digital media, mind, body, spirit, performing arts including music, and some of our most well-known classes are in writing," Tarnoff adds.
This year's school of the Arts session opened Saturday and runs through Wednesday.
Students traveled from eight different states to attend the courses.
One couple even traveled from Austria.
Shirley Babcock understands why people would travel from far away.
"It gives us all a chance to really get to see what these experts, you know who are teaching, what they can do, what they can tell us, what they can teach us, and for the city, itself, it's wonderful because we have this influx of people," Babcock says.
Those people hope they can share ideas and inspire others.
MERRILL - Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he didn't want to spend too much time at the Republican National Convention last week because he wanted to get back to campaigning in his home state.
The senator from Oshkosh stopped at the Lincoln County Fair on Saturday.
He faces a tight races against former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis).
Johnson gave a speech on Tuesday in Cleveland about national security, as he is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.
He seems pleased with the Republican presidential ticket.
"I think it's really complimentary to the skills Donald Trump brings to the table," Johnson said. "You got Donald Trump with the private sector experience. You got Mike Pence with a real record accomplishment both in the House and as the governor of Indiana. I think it's a pretty good pairing."
He said he wouldn't pay too much attention to the speeches at the Democratic National Convention this week.
"They've got their ticket, we've got our ticket," Johnson said. "They'll make a bunch of promises they can't deliver on. And what we're going to focus on is economic growth, strengthen our economy so we can strengthen our military, so we can defeat ISIS and secure our borders."
GRAND CHUTE - An officer is injured and two suspects are in custody after one man stole a squad car in Grand Chute.
The incident happened Saturday night as police were investigating two theft suspects at Pawn America. One of the men got into an officer's K9 squad car, with the dog inside, and backed into another officer's squad car, injuring that officer.
The man then fled and responding officers fired shots at the vehicle, hitting him. He then left the squad car and took another vehicle from a woman, who was not hurt. The man was ultimately arrested and treated for his injuries.
The K9 was not injured.
The other theft suspect sneaked away from Pawn America and called a taxi. He was arrested while he was in the cab.
SHAWANO COUNTY - UPDATE 5:13 p.m.--Police say six people, including children, were taken to area hospitals after two sport utility vehicles carrying Boy Scouts crashed in Shawano County.
The accident happened Saturday morning on Highway 29 near Bonduel.
Police say one of the SUVs was towing a trailer with equipment. The driver of that vehicle went off the roadway then overcorrected and lost control. The second SUV hit the first, and both went off the road. The trailer flipped and the second SUV landed partially on top of the first.
Bonduel police Chief Todd Chaney tells the Green Bay Press Gazette that one of the injured, a troop leader, was airlifted to St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay with a head injury.
Chaney said he didn't think any of the injuries were life threatening.
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