WISCONSIN - The school year will start awkwardly for students in Rhinelander next year.
Like some other communities, school will start on a Friday. Students will then take off Labor Day weekend before coming back the next Tuesday.
Enforcement of a 2000 state law led to the odd calendar in Rhinelander.
"You're starting up, handing out books, going home for the weekend, then coming back," said Rhinelander School Board President Ron Counter. "That's because of the way the calendar lines up next year. September 1 is on a Friday."
To protect the tourism industry, Wisconsin law bans public schools from starting before September 1.
But on Monday, lawmakers formally introduced a bill that would repeal that ban and let schools choose their own start date.
"In the past, it's pretty much been a non-issue," Counter said. "There is some support down in some of the suburbs, [and] the middle of the state, non-tourist areas."
Counter said this is the strongest push he's seen for repeal.
Northland Pines, Three Lakes, and Tomahawk are among the other Northwoods schools pushing for the change.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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