School report cards are in, and Northwoods school districts are on track or exceeding expectations.
The statewide performance report ranks schools on measures like student achievement, attendance and college readiness. Schools get placed in one of five categories between "failing" and "significantly exceeding expectations."
Northland Pines schools in Eagle River was rated as "exceeding expectations". District Administrator Dr. Mike Richie says the numbers are positive.
State Senator Tom Tiffany is supporting Oneida County’s call for increased cutting in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest.
The county board passed a resolution Tuesday asking federal officials and members of Congress to bring the national forest harvest up to its allowable level. Senator Tiffany says after widespread clear-cutting a hundred years ago, the pendulum has now swung too far the other way.
Some local officials aren’t thrilled with a state senate bill allowing Gogebic Taconite to cut off public access from its proposed mine site.
The area sits on managed forest land, meaning property owners get a tax break if they open their land to public recreation. Under a bill authored by Senator Tom Tiffany, GTac could close about 4000 acres and pay only a small increase in taxes, rather than a higher tax rate associated with managed forest closed to public access.
New work is up at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander. It’s the first show since the gallery has built a glass wall for the front gallery. That newly finished room now features black-and white images from German photographer Karl Blossfeldt. President of the Board of Directors Ken Juon says Blossfeldt invented his own camera in order to take close-up pictures of natural forms.
Nicolet College is turning out a new batch of EMTs and state certified firefighters. 25 out of 26 students passed the most recent national certification for Emergency Management Technicians. 17 out of 18 passed the state's practical firefighting exam. Director of public safety and campus security Jason Goeldner says a new curriculum helped bring in the high passing rates.