RHINELANDER - A local art museum hopes to inspire children to create and appreciate art.
That's why it opened its doors early today for some young artists.
ArtStart in Rhinelander hosted an artist trading card workshop for 4th through 6th graders.
The kids created as many as 20 cards each.
"I made little reindeer kind of like this one. And I basically made, I stuck to the Christmas theme because it's close to the holidays," says 10-year-old Aurora Barthels.
The children traded the cards with each other once they were finished.
It allowed them to start their own art collections.
ArtStart volunteers wanted to host the workshop to get kids and their families interested in art.
"We're in the Northwoods. We don't have access to a lot of museums, art galleries and things like that. So I just really feel it's important to make children and really anyone be well-rounded and appreciative of any of the arts," says ArtStart board member Lenore Mangles.
Old School Arts and Learning Center co-sponsored the event.
RHINELANDER - The Hodag Country Musical Festival kicks off on Thursday.
But there are already plenty of people camping out for the big event in the Northwoods.
Those campers benefit businesses in the Northwoods both new and old.
Johnny Nickolaou, who opened his liquor store in Sugar Camp around Thanksgiving, understands the importance of tourism.
"Huge, you know you depend on locals year round and they are great, but if it weren't for them I could never afford to be open," said Nickalaou. "But it's really nice getting this push to hopefully get us through the winter months."
Nickolaou set up a deal in preparation of Hodag Country Festival. He discounted around 10 large orders.
"15 case orders, most of them which is quite a bit I thought," said Nickalaou.
LINCOLN COUNTY - A Tomahawk homeowner was able to scare off burglars back in March, even after being hit in the face with the hatchet. Now, a Merrill man will need to find 25 dollars in cash to get out of jail.
28-year-old Chad Staehle was charged with four felonies for breaking into a home in Tomahawk. Police believe he and three other men broke into the home with a hatchet and crowbar.
EAGLE RIVER - If you want a new summer activity, look no further than Eagle River. A new art studio offers many different classes to kids and adults.
"We've been here for a month, but the organization has been together for about three years," said Summer Program Director Erica Bush. "We're very excited to be in our own building finally."
Classes can cost anywhere from $20 to $50. People can sign up for classes ahead of time or just walk into the center. Program directors think it's important for kids to get involved in art early on.
"It's the creativity that the kids learn about," said Bush. "Creativity can go into all different aspects—math, science—it's everywhere. So enforcing art when they're really young will really lead to a more intelligent future for these kids."
The center offers anything from painting to pottery to cooking. Kids shared why they love to take art classes. "You could just grab a piece of paper or something and then you can just doodle on it," said 4th grader Nicholas Fluegel.
"It's really calming, and there's no bad way to do art," said 6th grader Grace Florence.
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