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Growing Stronger by Growing Together

Growing Stronger by Growing Together

Iron County Horticulture Spring Planting The Iron County Horticulture program has been busy this spring! Iron County Horticulturist, Joy Schelble, helped to coordinate several community planting projects in Hurley, Montreal, Mercer, and Bad River.  Many of these projects would not have been possible without the dedication of the regional Master Gardeners and their tireless effort to keep things growing […]

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Northwoods Bike Read

Northwoods Bike Read

Northwoods Bike Read Iron County UW-Extension is teaming up with six local libraries this summer to engage communities across three counties in the “Northwoods Bike Read.” We will be reading and discussing the book Bikenomics, which takes a close look at how bicycling can save the economy by making us and our communities healthier.  Extending […]

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Big Kids Make a Big Impact

Big Kids Make a Big Impact

Our newest multidisciplinary effort in Iron County UW-Extension is the Youth Mentors program coordinated by Neil Klemme (4-H), Andrea Newby (Family Living), and Amy Nosal (AmeriCorps VISTA).  For 2 months high school students have been creating lessons about healthy lifestyles to share with 1st grade classes.  The lessons will conclude at the end of the […]

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Mercer Students create a “Sense of Place”

Mercer Students create a “Sense of Place”

In early February the Yearbook class of 2013 at Mercer High School began a partnership with Neil Klemme, 4-H Youth Development Educator in Iron County that would connect the youth to the rich natural resources of their home county.  While the Next Generation Initiative, a group working to attract young people to the area, has […]

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Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity

Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity

“Safe parks, full service grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and safe walkable streets are all protective factors that contribute to the health of a community and have a positive impact on the health of its residents.” – anonymous In 2011, Andrea Newby, Iron County Family Living Educator and Joy Schelble, Wisconsin Nutrition Coordinator analyzed local health […]

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Building Bike Trails on the Gogebic Range

Building Bike Trails on the Gogebic Range

As a result of the mining legacy of the Gogebic Range (Northern Wisconsin and the western end of Michigan’s upper peninsula), two great railroad lines were built to haul iron ore out of the region. And since the surrounding towns were built before cars took over the landscape, our downtowns, neighborhoods and schools are all located within […]

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Making Connections at the North Central Region Conference

Making Connections at the North Central Region Conference

The North Central Region All Colleague Conference was a great time to share and network with our colleagues in the region and as an office. During our introduction we shared many things that connected us all from celebrating birthdays to presenting our multidisciplinary work. Neil Klemme also presented on his Innovative Grant projects in which […]

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JCEP Presentation a Success!

JCEP Presentation a Success!

This week several of us presented at UW-Extension’s 2014 Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Our intention was to share with colleagues our strategy for working as a multidisciplinary team in order to achieve the common goal of engaging young people in creating a healthy community.  Over 20 UW-Extension professionals […]

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Iron County Youth “Grow Healthy Futures”

Iron County Youth “Grow Healthy Futures”

Last summer was an exciting one for fans of gardening in Iron County, despite the late snow melt.  As part of collaboration between several Iron County UW Extension program areas (4H, Family Living, Horticulture, and Community Resource Development) as well as partnerships with public health and human services, the first Iron County Youth Farmers Market […]

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Mobile Food Pantry Serves Iron County Residents with Healthy Food

Mobile Food Pantry Serves Iron County Residents with Healthy Food

UW-Extension Iron County  partners with the Iron County Human Services, Iron County Maintenance Department, and Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank to fill a gap in emergency food needs for residents who face food insecurity and hunger. This innovative program was a pilot for Second Harvest to more effectively address access to nutritious food in rural areas. In addition, this […]

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