Fab lab grant offers Northwestern High School technology to community

Through their technical education classes and student-led enterprise, Tiger Manufacturing, students at Northwestern High School have left their stamp on the area. “We’re building the sign for the Brule Fire Department. We’re making picnic tables for the Lions Club. We’re doing Blueberry Festival kiddie tractor pull medals and presentation awards,” said technical education teacher Laurence Charlier. Students experience a burst of pride when they drive by signs they have made for state parks and trails, like the After Hours Ski Trail in Brule. And their work is a symbol of pride for the winners of the inaugural Northern Pines Sled Dog Race in Iron River. The students designed and fabricated medals, keepsake keychains and plaques for the event. “I’d love to go back to high school and take all these classes with the new CAD (computer-aided design) machines and all that. Wouldn’t you?” Nancy Hutchinson of Poplar said. “I keep telling him they need an adult program.” This fall, they will. The Maple School District was one of 20 schools to receive a fab lab grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The matchin...

Vintage items: 12 surprising things that could be valuable

With decluttering the movement of the moment (thanks, Marie Kondo, who is having a resurgence due to her new Netflix show), you may be wondering if you can cash in on the stuff you’re shedding. That goes double if you’re cleaning out a big house. Unfortunately, demand for your discards isn’t what it used to be. “We’re seeing a very strong trend for simplification and downsizing, so between parents passing and selling their stuff, and selling our stuff as we downsize, the market is becoming kind of saturated,” says Julie Hall, owner of TheEstateLady.com.  Not only is there too much stuff for sale, but tastes are changing. “What mom and grandma told us had value has truly declined, unless it is extraordinary,” Hall says. “Most things are not.”  That means buyers may be scarce for your china, flatware, ornate silver tea sets, and formal furniture. But fear not. You may still have some things gathering dust in the attic that are worth taking the trouble to sell.  Don’t see one of your finds on the list below? Check the internet. “If you go to an online auction site like EverythingButTheHouse, you can get a really good sense of what’s in demand,” says Jennifer Pickett, associate exe...