RHINELANDER - School cafeteria workers work hard for their students.
Kids and staff showed their appreciation today.
Students, staff, and parents thank their local cafeteria workers on School Lunch Hero Day.
Rhinelander High School celebrated their kitchen staff.
Here's what one high school senior thought about his cafeteria.
"The lunch ladies are fantastic, they really talk to you while you're getting your food," said Rhinelander High School senior Matt Will. "They don't just like, take a spoonful and just plop it right on there and say "Have Fun!" and that's the most interaction you get all day. No, they actually communicate with you and ask you what you want and then make it perfectly."
School Lunch Hero Day is sponsored by the School Nutrition Association.
It is a day to start off School Nutrition Employee Week.
"Lunch Lady Day, let's celebrate it, let's really get it out there that these ladies really do a lot," said Rhinelander School District Food Director Patricia Karaba. "They do about 1500 meals per day and 600 breakfasts a day in the district. So that's a lot of work."
School Nutrition Employee Week runs through May 5th through the 9th.
Next week you can show your appreciation for school nutrition staff.
RHINELANDER - The City of Rhinelander and Oneida County will consider borrowing $15 million to help develop a manufacturer in Rhinelander, according to an Oneida County Economic Development Corporation release Tuesday.
The money would help Rhinelander Coated Products start work inside the former Printpack building on Kemp Street.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Pilots find very little room for error when they make a landing. Wings, flaps, and landing gear all need to work properly. Then there's the runway itself, which needs to be flat and smooth.
So, when pilots found ruts and divots torn into the grass runway at Boulder Junction's airport, folks were more than upset, they were worried about safe landings. Airfield president Jeff Long thinks someone used a pickup truck to do the damage. It happened right before the airfield's busiest weekend of the year, the Musky Day fly-in.
"To see somebody disregard that, disrespect that, and then again the safety, where somebody could get hurt that we're inviting up here for summer fun, doesn't make you feel very good," Long said.
CRANDON - For some Northwoods families, it can be hard to find the money to pay for their kids' school supplies every year, but a back-to-school program in Forest County is giving children the supplies they need to succeed.
EAGLE RIVER - Cities across the Northwoods drop tens of thousands of dollars every winter on crack sealing roads. The Eagle River Airport is no different. The airport spent about $25,000 in 2016 patching up its main runway.
Arguably, that runway is even older than most roads people drive on. The runway was last redone in 1971. On a busy day, the 5,000-foot runway hosts upwards of 80 takeoffs and landings. Airport manager Rob Hom showed Newswatch 12 a number of places where the pavement is buckling and cracked. That can lead to dangerous landings for small planes.
"Relative to a car or a truck [a prop-powered airplane is] pretty light relatively speaking, so having a smooth runway is imperative," Hom said.
THREE LAKES - Pollinators play an essential role in the growth of plants, and it's not just bees that help pollinate.
Butterflies, bats, and even mosquitoes are pollinators, but those populations have been in decline in recent years.
"Across the U.S., pollinators have been seeing big declines," said Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas. "We've been hearing more and more about our honeybee pollinations. The monarch populations have had dramatic decreases. So we're seeing it across the board."
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