A woman and child have been hospitalized after nearly drowning in Star Lake in Vilas County Tuesday.
Shortly before one o’clock Tuesday, the Vilas County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting two adult women were trying to rescue three children swimming in Star Lake.
The women apparently rescued two of the children without incident, but when rescuing the third child, one of the women went under the water, along with the child. A family friend arrived on a boat to pull them out of the water.
Public health officials have made a strong impression that pregnant women should not drink or possibly harm their unborn child. Now an effort to have women cut out smoking during pregnancy is also underway. Called "First Breath", health workers hope to get the nearly one-in-four Oneida county women who smoke while pregnant to stop.
Public health nurse and program coordinator Dawn Klink says both mother and child feel the results of smoking...
Two bats in Vilas county have been diagnosed with rabies in the past week and a Vilas county health official cautions the public to make sure pets are vaccinated.
Rabies is an infectious disease affecting the nervous system of mammals, including humans. People and unvaccinated animals can get rabies from an infected animal. If caught soon enough in humans, it can be treated, but if left untreated, it is almost always fatal.
Even with our cool summer, kids will want to head to the beach for some water fun. Marta Koelling is a Community Health Specialist at the Oneida County Health Department. She says freelance swimming is less safe than being in a designated swim area....
".....number one rule: make sure you're not diving or swimming in unfamiliar water. That can lead to come potential dangers there. Making sure you're swimming with a buddy, especially with children and inexperienced swimmers, making sure they are supervised at all times...."
Firefighters are lining the streets of an intersection in Rhinelander. For the sixth year in a row they’re asking for donations to support kids with muscular dystrophy.
On the corner of North Stevens Street and Highway W, firefighters in yellow safety vests are holding big rubber boots full of money. Rhinelander Fire Lieutenant Aaron Swaney says it’s a unique way to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Thirty-three area high school students recently got a jump on college and careers in health care by graduating from Nicolet College's Certified Nursing Assistant program. What's unique is all of the students completed the program by taking Nicolet classes held in their high schools. State officials and educators have been working on ways for high school students to gain technical college credits while still in high school as a way to jump-start a career.
Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic recently expanded its cardiac rehab and therapy services.
The clinic opened on Rhinelander's north side in March, 2008. Regional Director for Aspirus Clinics, Rob Fabich says the clinic has had the therapy department open for more than three years. He says they found a need for a new physical therapist. At the same time they determined they also needed more help with the cardiac rehab offerings...