ST. GERMAIN - Kids can easily get bored in the summer. Reading a book is one way kids can stay on track with school and not be bored.
Some Northwoods teachers have come up with a creative way to do that. St. Germain Elementary School is starting a new program called Popsicles in the Park. Kindergarten through Second grade teachers will bring a wagon of books to the park. Kids can exchange books and enjoy a popsicle with their friends.
"Keep them reading and then when we meet in the park, we want to hear all the great stories that they've read. And just keep boosting that great reading that they've done," said Carrie Olson, Kindergarten teacher.
Teachers hope this will help keep students' minds active during the summer. They also hope kids are as excited about it as they are.
"If we get even one child that's reading more than they would've, it's worth it to me personally. But I would love to see a big turnout and just kids coming down to the park to join us," stated Olson.
They hope it'll be a good chance for kids to see their friends and talk about stories they have read. Their main goal is simple.
"Enjoying the love of reading, which is life-long. And we also are looking for parents to come down with their child and just enjoy. Maybe they want to chat about stories that they've been reading over the summer because it's a great time to enjoy a book," says Olson.
Popsicles in the Park will have two meetings this summer. It will last about an hour at the St. Germain Pavilion.
Several Republican senators, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), have said they're not ready to vote.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he supports Johnson on this.
"We've given Senator Johnson some suggestions," Walker said. "I think he wants to vote for it, he made the promise when he ran in '10 and then last year in 2016 that he would vote to repeal it, he wants to do that, he just wants to make sure that the repeal ultimately ends up serving the people of Wisconsin well."
Both Democratic and Republican senators say they have issues with the bill.
Some Republicans say the bill doesn't get rid of enough of the Affordable Care Act.
Democrats worry about Medicaid cuts.
Walker says he wants Wisconsin to continue to do what it does well in healthcare.
"What I've asked Senator Johnson is help us do the things we've been successful at," Walker said. "We're a top ten state when it comes to access for healthcare for citizens, we're a top ten state with the quality of our healthcare systems. We want to maintain that going forward."
On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office said the new bill would cause 22 million Americans to be uninsured.
Johnson put out a statement Tuesday saying he was glad there won't be a vote this week.
RHINELANDER - Three decades-old signs greet people coming into Rhinelander from various sides. But if you drive past them every day, you likely don't even notice them. Rhinelander wants to make sure those old signs stand out.
WAUSAU - Drugs led to four arrests and one death in north-central Wisconsin on Monday.
The Marathon County Sheriff's Office reports a 37-year-old Shawano man died after apparently overdosing on methamphetamine.
Witnesses say 37-year-old Lucas Groshek and his wife, Carolyn, were shaking and convulsing in a car in the eastern Marathon County town of Norrie. Mr. Groshek died before getting to the hospital. Mrs. Groshek, 33, is in stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
WAUSAU - Many of us try to honor our veterans whenever we can.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) added one more way.
The Governor visited several veteran-owned businesses across the state Tuesday for Veteran-Owned Business Day.
Tuesday afternoon he stopped at Prosthetic Orthotic Center in Wausau.
He says veteran-owned businesses are good for other veterans and the economy.
"We found statistically that veterans are about 30 percent more likely to hire fellow veterans as employees," Walker said. "So it's good all the way around."
If you are a veteran-owned business, you can register with the state at WisVets.com
That way you can get a decal that says Wisconsin Veteran-Owned for your business window or door.
You also get listed in a state veteran-owned business directory.
"We're branding it, letting the public know that businesses that are owned by veterans, letting them know whether it's in a sign in their window or whether it's on the website, or other ways that we can draw attention," Walker said.
About 390,000 veterans live in Wisconsin, and about 11 percent of the state's businesses are veteran-owned.
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