RHINELANDER - April celebrates autism awareness month. Pearl Fessenden thought it was the perfect time to teach her community about how her 9-year-old autistic son Matthew goes through life. This week Central Elementary School students participated in lesson plans around autism. Students also talked with Fessenden about what they've learned about autism. "Matthew has his own way of showing autism and no other kids have the same way," said 10-year-old Violet Biolo.
Fessenden's goal this month was to make sure her son had a supportive community. She helped plan events and activities for the month. "I wanted to make sure that the kids that didn't know my son that were coming from other schools, weren't afraid weren't cautious and hesitant to get to know him," said Fessenden.
Fessenden reached out to the Organization of Autism Research. It provided lesson plans and books for all students at Central Elementary School.
THREE LAKES - Art teachers constantly strive to think of projects that will let students explore their creativity. Three Lakes Elementary School students are getting to work on something that will end up displayed far beyond their parent's refrigerators.
"I've had my class send letters, notes, nothing as big as this before," said Three Lakes Third Grade Teacher Jessica Noe.
EAGLE RIVER - For Greg Herfindahl, 20 degrees below zero is the magic number.
When temperatures are colder than that, Herfindahl's school buses don't always cooperate.
He owns Schilleman Bus Service in Eagle River, and the thermometer reached 30 below in Land O'Lakes overnight. In the morning, the buses, which serve the Northland Pines School District, just didn't go.
"As soon as we started pulling out of the yard, right away they're losing power," Herfindahl said. "We've got issues."
As the diesel fuel gelled in frigid temperatures, buses stopped running, and Herfindahl told Northland Pines he couldn't confidently get students to school. That led to a day off for students.
LAND O'LAKES - Eleven years ago, retired Col. Don Hamilton wanted to make sure veterans were appreciated across the Northwoods.
"Me and two other guys, we kind of were having a cold beer one day and said 'You know, we ought to do something fun for the veterans,'" said Hamilton. "Why don't we just put them on a free snowmobile for a day?"
MADISON - A power outage impacted terminal operations at the Madison airport for about 2 ½ hours.
The outage at the Dane County Regional Airport happened shortly before 5:30 a.m. Monday, and a backup generator also failed. Airport spokesman Brent McHenry told WMTV that passengers could not get on or off planes.
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