ONEIDA COUNTY - A local organization wants to know why young people move to the Northwoods.
They also want to know why young people stay.
Oneida County U-W Extension partnered with the Rhinelander Young Professionals to find out how people feel about living in the Northwoods.
The organization sent out a web based survey last month.
They asked more than 300 people between the ages of 19 and 25 why they're here.
"A lot of young people have left. We know the number of people between the ages of 19 and 24 has decreased by about 25 percent in the last decade," said UW Extension Community Resource Development Agent, Tim Brown.
"But that means a whole lot of them have stayed here. There's a lot of people who choose to live in this area when they could be moving elsewhere."
They're not sure if the survey will actually help bring in more younger people.
But they do think it will help city officials understand what young people like about the Rhinelander area.
"Help them understand the kind of resources young people are looking for. Whether that's restaurants, shopping, educational opportunities, economic opportunities, chances to get outdoors," Brown said.
"We want to know what it is young people care about."
They would also like to hear back from people older than 25.
MERRILL - As Linda DeBroux walks through Merrill High School, she can see the halls she helped create.
What started as plain, whitewashed walls now look like an art gallery. For each of the last 13 summers, DeBroux has guided a select group of her art students to create murals to fill the walls.
"When I walk down, I don't just see the painting, I see the student, right there, painting on that wall," she said Wednesday. "I think of all the struggles, the struggle points they had, and parts where they celebrated."
Murals by ten students this week will bring the total to 157 on school walls. Like it does every summer, it will take long days to accomplish the project.
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