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Rolling Along on Two Wheels

Rolling Along on Two Wheels

As part of our summer Northwoods Bike Read program, Andrea Newby, Family Living Educator, and Amy Nosal,  Americorps Vista, spent last Thursday evening at the Mercer Library discussing bikes with area women.  Teresa Schmidt, Mercer Library Director, organized this Women’s Bike Night event which provided the opportunity for women to learn about the many different […]

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Sheep’s Milk and Ojibwe Gardens: The First Garden to Market Field Trip of 2014!

Sheep’s Milk and Ojibwe Gardens: The First Garden to Market Field Trip of 2014!

Last Thursday was another exciting day for Iron County youth when our Garden to Market participants took a field trip and spent the day learning about small scale farming and local food systems. We first visited with the owners and operators of Farmstead Creamery and Cafe, located 18 miles east of Hayward off of Hwy […]

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Thanks to the Team: New Opportunities Open for Team Members

Thanks to the Team: New Opportunities Open for Team Members

In February of this year I was presented with the opportunity to take a trip that I never thought possible.  I was offered the experience of a life time a volunteer opportunity to travel to Ghana and train 4-H leaders in positive youth development.  An opportunity that just so happened to fall on the worst […]

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Our Summer with Iron County UW-Extension

Our Summer with Iron County UW-Extension

Hi! Our names are Anna Olson and Adrienne Fedora and we are the 2014 Summer Vistas at the UW-Extension office. We have been engaging young people to create a healthy community through biking and other healthy lifestyle activities, including eating nutritious food! TrailBlazers, a 4-H program we coordinated and lead this summer, biked to local […]

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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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