LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Painful memories tempt us to try and forget the past.
In Lac du Flambeau, they're doing just the opposite.
"We can't ever let anybody forget that this had happened to our people and that we had survived," says Melinda Young.
"These are the schools that were designed to assimilate the Native Americans of this country into the American cultures," says Travis Maki.
A U.S. Government-run Boarding School took that mission to Lac du Flambeau from 1895 to 1932.
"The ultimate goal was to completely eliminate native cultures altogether," Maki says.
"You don't hear about this in textbooks. I lived in this community my entire life and did not know that this was a boarding school," Young says.
But by the middle of this year, the boarding school story will be on full display.
Young and Maki both work for the tribe's historic preservation initiative and are working on the boarding school project.
Physically restoring what, for 27 years, was the Boys Dormitory at the school will help restore a part of the Lac du Flambeau tribe's history.
"This hallway will mirror exactly what this building looked like in 1906. The ultimate design is to have that visual impact of what these students were coming into when they were brought to this school initially," Maki says, showing off the entrance to the Boys Dormitory.
The Boarding School will be open for visitors to experience what native children did so many decades ago.
It will also be the hub of the Ojibwe language and historic preservation programs.
Many of the rooms will mirror what they looked like in the early 20th century.
"We had an elder that had attended in the 1920s. We did a walkthrough with him, and he told us what each of these rooms was for," Maki says.
Leaders hope a step back into the tribe's historic culture will provide another reason for people to visit Lac du Flambeau.
"You have families coming. So it's providing an opportunity for families to do something in our community together," says Young.
Painful as some of the memories may be, historic leaders are working to make sure they're told at the Boys Dormitory.
"It's part of our history. We talk about World War I and Vietnam and everything else. This is a fact of our history. It cannot be forgotten," Young says.
The Boys Dormitory should open to the public in June.
The Boulder Junction Town Board voted two to one Tuesday night to move forward with a town plaza plan. The plan will now go to a design phase.
The board estimated the cost of the design phase to be between $30,000 to $50,000, but it was dropped to about $25,000 at the meeting.
Town Chairman Dennis Reuss and Town Supervisor Dennis Duke voted in favor, with Town Supervisor Denny McGann voting against the plan.
A little more than $1 million may not seem like a lot of money to a city like Madison or Milwaukee. But for a town of fewer than one thousand people, it's a lot. The Boulder Junction Town Board could vote Tuesday whether or not to move onto the next phase of a $1.26 million town plaza project.
Dennis Duke has a vision of what Boulder Junction could look like in a few years.
"This one has a much more artistic flair, this has a more engineering flair if you will," said Duke while looking at potential design plans.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
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