SHOREWOOD - A suburban Milwaukee middle school gym teacher has been placed on indefinite leave while district officials look into claims that she separated students in one class by race and assigned the black children to research games that enslaved children played.
Superintendent Bryan Davis wrote in a letter to parents that the Shorewood Intermediate School teacher was instructing seventh-graders about games from around the world on April 1 when she allegedly gave the assignment to the black students.
Davis didn't name the teacher. He said the school district launched an internal investigation because it's committed to providing "an environment of inclusion."
Davis said school officials including a counselor and a psychologist are providing support to affected students.
MERRILL - Merrill's historic Weinbrenner Shoe Company welcomed a new leader this summer from within its own ranks.
Weinbrenner's new president, Jeff Burns, started with the company in 2011 and most recently served as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing.
"We believe that Jeff will be a great cultural fit for the company and look forward to his leadership in driving the next wave of growth for Weinbrenner," said Dave Gisselman, Weinbrenner's board chairman.
Burns has extensive footwear experience including management positions with Rocky Brands, HH Brown and Novation according to company statement.
"I am thrilled and humbled to lead this great Weinbrenner team," said Burns.
MERRILL - By the time girls swim season begins, cool fall weather often makes outdoor pools too cold for the sport. At an early season meet in Lincoln County Thursday, athletes got the rare chance to swim under the sky.
BOULDER JUNCTION - One person died in a crash between a pickup truck and a van Thursday morning in Boulder Junction.
One other person was injured.
It happened at the intersection of Highway 51 and Highway H. The van, which was crossing Highway 51, failed to stop and was hit by the truck headed south on Highway 51. Emergency responders extricated one of the drivers.
RHINELANDER - You don't stop learning when you retire. Nicolet College in Rhinelander wants people who are retired, semi-retired, or even close to retiring to have fun while learning.
This is the 24th year for The Learning in Retirement program. Many people sign up for the classes. There is one person who will turn 100 in two weeks. She helped to start it all.
"We have members from 50 years old, now to 100 years old," said Nicolet College 50Plus Coordinator Brenda Peltier. "She was just spry and excited and she said, 'I started this along with a couple other people 24 years ago.'"
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