In a cold snap like this one, it doesn’t take long for temperatures to become a health risk. Amy Lavin is a nurse practitioner at the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. She says in weather this cold, exposed skin can become frostbitten in about 5 minutes. If you’re exercising or have certain medical conditions, you might not even notice it happening.
The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools is holding its fourth public hearing Wednesday afternoon(Jan. 8) at the Antigo high school.
Task Force Chair, Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, says they wanted to start with a meeting in Rhinelander. He says after going to other parts of the state, they come back to this region...
The Langlade Hospital Center For Health and Performance has received a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation which should help local athletes be in top shape.
Center Supervisor Greg Renfro says the $2,000 grant will enable them to purchase equipment for the "SportFit" program...
"....the program is set up so student athletes can come into our facility. We design a program for whatever their sport is...lets say baseball...we design a program that is designed to help that individual perform optimally as a baseball player..."
While one deadline to enroll in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has passed, another deadline is approaching in March. People needing help to enroll in Obamacare can meet with experts this week who can help.
Mary Testin is the Regional Enrollment Network lead person for this region.....
With temperatures expected to stay well below zero for several days, humans are not the only ones suffering. Animals kept outside may also be having a hard time.
Dr. Ron Reupert at Animal Health Care Center North in Rhinelander says most pet owners know how to take care of their animals. But he says many dog breeds like hounds aren’t built for weather this cold.
“Short haired dogs I have seen not do well. If they are kept outdoors, they need to have a supplemental heat source, and a lot of people do do that.”
Gogebic Taconite wants to drill more exploratory holes in the Penokee Hills this winter. The mining company has applied for a permit to drill an additional 15 holes.
The holes would be about 2 and a half inches in diameter, with depths ranging from 280 feet to almost 1500. GTac drilled eight similar holes last summer. DNR mining project lead Larry Lynch says these holes would be in different areas of the Penokee Range.
The Oneida and Vilas Public Health and Emergency Management Departments have released a list of facilities open 24 hours that people could go to if they need to warm up in the extreme cold.
In Oneida county, Trig's Riverwalk Centre and Wal-Mart...both in Rhinelander... are facilities that are open 24 hours. In Minocqua, Trig's and WalMart along Highway 70 are open 24 hours, as is Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff..
A former Rhinelander high school English teacher has been sentenced for theft and drugs.
As part of a plea bargain to include several charges, 35 year old Joshua Juergens was given four years probation, and 31 additional days in jail. Juergens was arrested in September after a disturbance at his residence. Later a search warrant was served by police who found a computer belonging to Rhinelander high school and a marijuana grow operation. District Attorney Michael Schiek said four charges were dismissed after Juergens entered guilty pleas to theft and drug charges...
Eagle River’s legendary ice castle has been built once again by the area fire department.
The design is new every year, but the method isn’t: Eagle River deputy fire chief Jim Bonson says the ice harvesting saws and other tools date back more than 80 years.
“We’ve been doing it since 1933 as a community and it just has become a tradition. When we don’t have it, like the last two years due to weather conditions, people get excited when all of a sudden it appears.”