RHINELANDER - It might sound hard to make school fun but when you take classes outside and turn school work into teamwork, it can happen. That's how 4th graders from Rhinelander's Central Intermediate School spent the day.
They had class at the District's outdoor classroom. It gave students the chance to get to know one another.
"You can see some kids introducing each other to other friends that they knew because they both came from different schools, Pelican and Crescent, and so, when they come to Central, it's kind of like a reunion again of where they were but then also with new people," says Shari Wendland, 4th Grade Teacher.
Kids moved through different sessions. They covered everything from science to gym class and art, but the main subject was teamwork.
"Of course they are cheering for each other. And first it's the boy-girl competition and then, all of the sudden, it's the whole class and they have to work together. So they're like, 'Come on, you can do it!' They're all excited," says Shari Wendland, 4th Grade Teacher.
Students also learned about turkey calling and aquatic invasive species from guest speakers.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Just a few years ago, crumbling cement, steps, and seats filled Lac du Flambeau's Indian Bowl. Now, a major reconstruction project is halfway done. It will hopefully give people from all over a chance to learn about Native American culture and traditions once again.
"We increase that sense of pride in our community," said Director of Planning and Development Emerson Coy.
Coy still remembers how the old Indian Bowl used to look like.
"It was used in bad shape before that and it was sad," said Coy.
RHINELANDER - Cancer survivors and supporters gathered at Ministry St. Mary's Hospital for the 10th annual Celebration of Life Thursday. The event honors those battling cancer or survivors of cancer and shows people what kinds of services the James Beck Cancer Center offers.
The center's namesake lost his life to cancer, but now others will be able to benefit from his gift to the hospital.
"With his vision and his dollars we were able to put this cancer center here in Rhinelander so patients don't have to travel to larger cities," said Director of Cancer Services Kimberly Hetland.
This year's speaker was Mike Regole, a survivor of tonsil cancer. He spoke about his experience at the center, how family and support affected his journey, and how he ran a business while having cancer.
SAYNER - A needle and thread means more to Pat Andersen than just sewing.
"I started quilting when I was 19 so it's been a passion of mine for a long time," said Pat.
Quilting gives her a community of ladies in the Northwoods.
"Sayner needs something like this, it needs something for the women to do," said Pat.
After moving to Sayner with her husband Don last spring, the two decided to buy the building that now houses Plum Lake Quilts. Pat needed somewhere to put her long arm machine and that eventually turned into a little retail business.
"I mean little and then it grew a little bit and it grew a little bit more," said Don Andersen.
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