Northland Pines participates in National Walkout DaySubmitted: 03/14/2018
Story By Fitzgerald, Maggie

Northland Pines participates in National Walkout Day
EAGLE RIVER - Hundreds of thousands of students across the country participated in a national walkout on Wednesday morning.

Some schools in the Northwoods took part.

On the one month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting, students at Northland Pines High School spent 17 minutes in silence for the lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Northland Pines senior Hadley Kruse generally feels safe at school.

"The teachers and administrators really make it a safe environment for us," said Kruse.

Kruse said unfortunately not every school is like that and it is up to kids to promote change.

"It's really a big issue and it's important that we make our voices heard," said Kruse.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, students took a 17 minute moment of silence to commemorate the 17 lives that were lost in Florida last month.

"Sitting out there and thinking about each minute that's one life, that's lots of friends and family that will never see that person again and I just don't think the 17 minutes is quite enough," said junior Malcolm McCanles.

Students had the option to walk around in the field house or sit outside of the school.

Or students could choose to not participate. Junior Daniel Evensen believes problems aren't solved by walking out.

"You solve problems by going to your congressman; you solve problems by praying for the people who were lost, praying for their families. You don't solve any problems by just walking out, you have to do something," said Evensen.

Whatever the students chose, the school administration supported their decisions.

"A lot of adults have said ways students should act or feel but they don't walk in their shoes every day," said High School principal Scott Foster.

"They were all for it and made sure to listen to our ideas," said Kruse.

"They supported us by giving us the choice and that's the best thing that they can do," said Evensen.

Around 100 students made the choice to join the walkout.

"It makes me unbelievably proud that we can stand together, political views aside, and just stand together to promote a safer and kinder environment and to memorialize the lives of the 17 student lost. They're just like us," said senior Laura Garling.

The students also participated in making a short video to send to the Philadelphia Eagles. The professional football team reached out to every school in the country with an eagles mascot to make a video for the families in Parkland.

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FLORENCE COUNTY - Two high school students died in a car crash early Friday morning in Florence County. The wreck happened at around 6:20 a.m. according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

The vehicle was traveling north on County Highway N in the Commonwealth Township, when the driver lost control while making a turn. The vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway, and hit a tree, bursting into flames upon impact.

The names and ages of the Florence High School students will be released after notifications are made.

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RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander group working to maintain recreational trails in the area got some help in their mission. The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association received grants to help fund its various projects.

The group got two DNR Recreational Trail Act Grants totaled at a little more than $13,000. The WPS Foundation also gave a total of $1,800 in grants. The grant money will be used to help with multiple projects. 

One project is to construct a boardwalk over the wetlands of the Cassian Cross County Ski Trail. RASTA is also going to construct a new ski trail at Washburn.

For more information on all of RASTA's projects, visit their Facebook page lined below.

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LAKE TOMAHAWK - Back in the early nineties, an event in Lake Tomahawk gave thanks to veterans. This year, a group of community members decided to bring it back.

The Vets and Guides event invites veterans from King, Tomah, and other areas to come to Lake Tomahawk for a day of fishing, food, and a good time.

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ARBOR VITAE - Last summer the Northwoods LBGT community and allies come together to celebrate love, diversity and acceptance.

After last year's successful festival, the Rainbow Hodags planned an even bigger one for this year.

More than 75 people celebrated gay pride at the second annual Pride Fest in Arbor Vitae.

Lots of laughter, live music, and dancing filled the park. 

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EAGLE RIVER - After a long night shift, DNR Conservation Warden Supervisor Dave Walz answered his phone with some anxiety early Wednesday morning.

"Oh, phone ringing at 1, 2 in the morning, this can't be good," Walz said.

That anxiety turned to excitement.

"They said they had a homeowner with a bear in a basement," Walz said.

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MINOCQUA - You can help the Oneida County Dive Team by grabbing your goggles and swim cap Saturday (June 23) morning.

Swimmers will launch from Torpy Park for the Minocqua Island Swim Challenge.

The race is one mile long, but people can choose to swim just 400 meters, too.

The water temperature will be about 65 degrees during the race.

"A lot of people will wear wet suits and be very comfortable. I have seen plenty of people go without and have no trouble," says Laura Fuhrman.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 06/22/2018

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

The unusual weather this spring could have an effect on how many fish you might catch this season. We talk to a local bait shop owner about the connection between the weather and the number of catchable fish that are in the water.

And we'll take you to a recycling event and tell you how you can help a local homeless shelter by bringing in old appliances.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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