PHILLIPS - We say money doesn't grow on trees. Some Phillips High School students want to convince their community that trees themselves are worth a lot of money. For the last few years, Bob Dural has been giving his students a mission.
"Three years ago we had kids doing an inventory where they went around town and updated the database of all the city trees. Last year we kind of going around and kind of came up with ideas for new planting sites," Dural said.
This year he had science classes go out into the community and put price tags on trees.
"This is the third stage of our project which is more of a community awareness on how valuable the trees are," Dural said.
This is a project Dural and his classes have been working with the community. Botanist and head of the city of Phillips Tree Committee Marjory Brzeskiewicz visited the students on Thursday.
"This is an expeditionary project where students learn outside of the class doing projects," Brzeskiewicz said.
Dural's work with the tree committee is what led to the start of the project.
"We got together and decided to apply for a grant through the state which we received $25,000," Dural said.
This money was spent on the equipment was used to do these interactive projects. For this part of the project, the students used an app called i-Tree.
"They can type in different parameters like what species, what the diameter is, where in relation to houses and buildings," said Dural.
This information is needed to figure out how much money the community saves with trees.
"Shading your house in the summertime reduces air conditioning costs," Dural said.
Dural hopes this project will help high-school students have a greater appreciation for the environment and the community they live in.
"I kind of felt like they are doing real-life work," Dural said.
The students enjoyed the experience as well.
"Well it's cold out today, but it's nice to get outside and not be stuck in a classroom falling asleep," said Philips High School junior Trey Kindle.
To find out how much the trees in your yard are worth, go to the i-Tree app.
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A report of a noisy house party and fight near Crandon led to six drug-related arrests earlier this month. Officers eventually found heroin, cocaine, and guns along with other drug items inside, but getting there took some extra work.
According to a release from the Forest County Sheriff's Office, police responded to a home at 7840 Love Knot Lane in the Town of Lincoln, which is east of Crandon, on March 7 around 7:15 p.m.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man could face prison time after police arrested him in an online underage sex sting. Oneida County prosecutors charged Adam Van Roy with three felonies on Monday.
A Wisconsin Department of Justice Special Agent working with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office posed as a 19-year-old woman named 'Julia G' on several social media applications March 13-15. Van Roy, 36, started talking with 'Julia' during that time.
'Julia' soon told Van Roy she was actually only 15 years old.
The agent's notes show Van Roy asked 'Julia' for pictures, including nude images, and asked her "what do you like in the bedroom?"
CRANDON - Recently, flooding closed roads and frustrated communities from Rhinelander to Plover. A bad combination of rain and melting snow led to days of flood warnings. As those warnings go away, a related risk could do a lot more than frustrate you - it could make you sick. Flooding can cause contamination in wells, but the Northwoods is lucky to have a world-class water testing facility.
RT Krueger's Northern Lake Service in Crandon has about 50 specialized machines that test drinking water for half of the municipalities in Wisconsin. Krueger tests Rhinelander's water three times a week. Every year 65,000 water samples flow in and out of this lab.
"The safe drinking water testing for the city of Madison is being performed up in little tiny Crandon," said Krueger.
Many people have their own wells, which are not tested regularly like municipal water. If your well is submerged due to flooding, filtered groundwater mixes with potentially harmful surface water.
"You're introducing the bacteria and all the compounds and organisms that are normally above the water that you're drawing," said Krueger.
MILWAUKEE - Officials say a man shot by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police on campus is hospitalized in stable condition.
University Police Chief Joe LeMire said at a news conference Tuesday two officers found the man, armed with a gun, sleeping on a bench in the Fine Arts Complex building around 7 a.m., an altercation occurred and he was shot. The police officers were treated for minor injuries.
We talk to a snowplow driver in Lincoln County who says he was attacked with a baseball bat after accidently knocking down a mailbox.
We'll take you to the ribbon cutting for a new utility garage in Stevens Point and show you some sustainable design features that are part of the facility including the largest solar array in Central Wisconsin.
And we'll speak with a water testing specialist in Crandon to go over the importance of testing groundwater especially after there has been flooding in the area.
We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
RHINELANDER - An RV and a bowlful of stress ball lemons arrived at the Marshfield Clinic on North Shore Drive in Rhinelander on Monday. Both were to help women focus on their own health.
Marshfield Clinic's mobile mammography van offered free breast cancer screenings for women who qualified through the Wisconsin Well Woman Program. The WWWP pays for those screenings for women between the ages of 45 to 64 who don't have insurance or can't afford co-pays based on certain income standards.
Organizers welcomed any woman, even if they just came to ask questions, as part of its "Women Empowering Women" push.
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