Vilas County organization receives award for work with the Northland Pines School DistrictSubmitted: 11/03/2017
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek

Vilas County organization receives award for work with the Northland Pines School District
EAGLE RIVER - An organization in Vilas County received a special award. One of eight "Standing up for Rural Wisconsin" awards went to the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation.

The Northland Pines School District nominated the group for the award.

VCEDC was recognized for its financial support of the Northland Pines Fab Lab and its efforts to expand broadband access.

"They're so caring, they're so giving. We ask for one thing and we get five things in addition, that's how we feel on out end of it. So we're just super happy and grateful we have not only this relationship in one area, but in multiple areas. And it really does help our kids," said Middle School Principal Dan Marien.

Marien says the group also got credit for it's hands-on work with the school district.

"Our high school team went to nationals for DECA, and they actually came in and helped train those kids for that competition so it's not just been financial backing, it's a lot of effort and a lot of desire and things they've done not just for us but also for the community," said Marien.

The award was given to VCEDC by the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance earlier this week.

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