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MHS Students Work Hand in Hand With DNR Biologist, UW Grad Student

Several MHS biology students found out what it's like to work in the field last month.

Jeff Erickson and Dan Drangstveit took 18 students to the Sandhill Wildlife Center on Dec. 13 and 14 to work with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologist Dick Thiel and a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student.

The students explored research techniques used to study timberwolves, porcupines, and bison, Erickson said. They also studied the natural history of these animals. 

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Two School Board Races Will Be Contested

Five people have filed to run for three seats on the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Board of Education.

Nomination papers and the Declaration of Candidacy had to be filed by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

In Area I, incumbent Jim Greer, 5228 Scenic Ridge Trail, Middleton, will run against David Dahmen, 5621 Dahmen Dr., Waunakee.

In Area III, incumbent and BOE vice president Diane Hornung will run against Fred Zietz, 7734 Welcome Dr., Verona. In Area IV, incumbent and BOE president Ellen Lindgren will run unopposed.

Each year, three seats on the nine-member BOE are up for election. Citizens residing in the areas are eligible to run. The terms are for three years. The spring election will be held on April 2.

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Lt. Governor Visits West Middleton Students

During a visit to West Middleton Elementary School last week, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch encouraged schools across Wisconsin to sign up for the STEP program and help ensure their students are prepared to respond to various emergencies and disasters, from tornadoes to floods to blizzards.

STEP (Student Tools for Emergency Planning) is a turn-key classroom curriculum for teachers to prepare 5th graders for various emergencies and disasters.

The program also shows students how to put together an emergency kit and develop an emergency plan with their families.

“When disaster strikes, it’s important that Wisconsin communities know how to respond and act quickly,” Kleefisch said. “The STEP program not only teaches students how to prepare for emergencies, but it also encourages them to share that information with their families. I encourage interested schools throughout the state to sign up for this program and help prepare their students for emergencies.”


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