LAC DU FLAMBEAU - The Lac du Flambeau Tribe shared its culture through song, dance, and ceremony in the same spot for more than 60 years. Last fall, the tribe tore down a decayed "Indian Bowl" facility but it always planned to rebuild. Monday, the tribe took the next step toward accomplishing that goal.
Tribal leaders held a ground blessing ceremony at the site of the new building. The tribe burned sage, said a prayer in Ojibwe, and passed a ceremonial peace pipe.
"[The ceremony] pays respects, if you will, to the land that you're impacting," Tribal Treasurer Melinda Young said. "It pays respect to everybody and anything that is a part of what we're doing, and it really is just about starting your endeavors in a respectful manner."
The Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl Living Arts and Culture Center will create a new space for gathering and teaching. It will cost $3.6 million to build, about $1.6 million of which has been raised so far. But the tribe says educating people about the tribe's history is more important than the price tag.
"Our visitors will understand who the Lac du Flambeau people are," Young said. "We'll be able to share our songs, our dance, and our stories. That's integral to who we are as people."
Construction on the building is scheduled to start next spring.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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