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Law enforcement officials say a drunk driving arrest can cost a driver $10,000 when all the costs associated with the arrest are factored in.

An Oneida County Tavern League spokesperson says the popular 'SafeRide Home' program has proven successful. Patrons at Tavern League establishments ask the bartender for a voucher and the patron gets a free ride home. Aaron Schultz of  Big Daddy's in Rhinelander is the local coordinator.

He says this weekend highlights the program, but it is a program being used year round..

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Administrators say it's a preventative measure, but Northland Pines has joined the Rhinelander School District in closing for Christmas vacation early because of whooping cough in the area.

On the Northland Pines webpage, they report that the closure is preventative in nature to avoid the spread of a highly contagious disease.

Director of Pupil Services, Emily Rhode says some cases have arisen..

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Whooping Cough, or Pertussis, has closed the School District of Rhinelander early for Christmas break.

The announcement below is from the district website.



A joint decision between the School District of Rhinelander (SDR)and the Oneida County Health Department(OCHD)announces the closing of Schools in the School District of Rhinelander due to the high incidence of a variety of illnesses among students and staff. Presently, the main illness emerging is Pertussis (Whooping Cough).

Expert Says Repeal Of ACA Would Hit Wisconsin Hard

Dec 16, 2016

Spurred by campaign promises made by President-Elect Donald Trump, Republican leaders in Congress are demanding a speedy repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Advocates for Children and Families are asking that legislators slow down and develop a complete replacement plan first. Jon Peacock, research director at the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, said a report from the Urban Institute paints a bleak picture for Wisconsin if the ACA is simply repealed

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Cases of whooping cough have been reported in Oneida county and a county public health nurse says take precautions. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breaths which result in a "whooping" sound.

Oneida County Nurse Rob Deede says pertussis is spread person-to-person quite easily....

Hospitals reported losing more than $1 billion caring for patients in the Medicaid program and $1.6 billion on Medicare, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association 2016 Community Impact Report.

WHA spokesperson Mary Kay Grasmick says Medicaid pays hospitals only about 65 percent of what it costs to care for this vulnerable, and often medically-complex, patient population.

Grasmick says hospitals reported losing more than $1 billion dollars caring for patients in the Medicaid program...

November is National Family Caregivers Month. It's a month set aside to pay notice to the many people who provide service free of charge to take care of loved ones with some type of physical or mental challenge.

The National Alliance For Caregiving reports the typical higher-hour caregiver provides 21 hours of unpaid care a week. That person has been caregiving for an average of 5-1/2 years and expects to continue care for another 5 years. Nearly half of these higher-hour caregivers report high emotional stress.

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An effort to raise money to help the Rhinelander Community Garden is 'growing' on social media and crowdfunding.

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Community Garden has joined in a challenge grant sponsored by Seedmoney, a Maine-based non-profit that helps community gardens with funding.

Tom Jerow is co-chair of the Rhinelander Community Garden and says they need to revitalize the garden and thought this effort would help...

Though Thanksgiving is Thursday, a food safety expert says you should already be thinking about safely preparing the turkey.

Next Ken Krall talks with Oneida County Registered Sanitarian Jody McKinney about getting the turkey ready in a safe way...

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A change in testing will enable people who want to donate blood at the Community Blood Center to do so without waiting.

Last Friday the Center began testing all blood donations for the Zika virus. Community Blood Center spokesperson Kristine Belanger says blood donors no longer have a waiting period to donate...

".....they no longer have to wait before they can donate blood. In March we implemented a waiting period of 28 days if people had been in an area with active Zika transmission. That period has been eliminated...."

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Oneida County passed next year's budget this week that includes a move to provide direct emergency services in Three Lakes and Sugar Camp.

The final county budget showed a 3 percent general property tax increase, but almost 2 percent of that figure is for expanded ambulance service in those towns.

Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhoff says a dwindling pool of volunteers has strained the ambulance corps in Sugar Camp and Three Lakes.

They will be developing a paramedic unit to be shared by the two towns...

A slightly lower number of violations were reported after members of the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition checked to see if retailers were selling tobacco to minors.

Maria Otterholt from Oneida county is part of the Northwoods Tobacco Free Coalition. She says any tobacco retailer can be checked.

Last year the illegal sales rate was just under 15 percent...

"....this year we did 44 randomized checks. We don't target any business, we just go out and five of our establishments sold, so we have an 11.3 percent illegal sale rate this year...."

Weston Woman Tells Story Of Lung Cancer's Effects

Nov 10, 2016

WESTON, Wis. - November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and for one young mother and widow in the Wausau area, it's a time to encourage others to tell their stories, so more people become aware of how deadly lung cancer can be.

The American Lung Association says lung cancer kills more than 400 people every day.

In Jennifer Kislow's case, her husband - a non-smoker - was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. He died four months later, leaving his wife and two young daughters. That was five years ago.

You'll have more daylight in the morning, but dark will come before supper time as the nation adjusts clocks back in most places to Standard time early Sunday morning. But emergency management workers say it's also a time to check safety devices.

Dawn Robinson of  Oneida County Emergency Management says two detectors in your house need checking...

Wisconsin's Lead Levels Not Far From Flint, Michigan

Nov 1, 2016

More on this story is here.

Wisconsin's blood lead poisoning levels among children are similar to the 2015 rate in Flint, Mich., according to a new report from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF).