A job training program is looking to help women and minorities join the construction trade.
The Transportation Alliance for New Solutions- or TRANS program - starts later this month. Coordinator Kim Kircher says the 120-hour course will cover everything from math skills to hands-on use of tools.
“We try to prepare them for a trade in the construction field. They have speakers come in – we have contractors come in, they have mock interviews, they do a resume.”
Bell ringers for the Salvation Army faced brutal temperatures this year to raise money for local charitable needs. Ken Krall talked with Kim Swisher, a coordinator for the Rhinelander area efforts, about the results of this year's campaign.
A Northwoods paddler has returned from a canoe trip down the Mississippi.
Eric Immeler and ten others left in September to paddle from the Mississippi headwaters to New Orleans. The group interviewed the people they met along the way about the role the river plays in their lives. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Immeler about his reflections on the journey that ended two days before Thanksgiving.
The trip was organized by the environmental education group Wild River Academy.
Eric Immeler grew up in Woodruff and now lives in Minneapolis.
One person has died and another was injured in an early Wednesday morning disturbance at a downtown Rhinelander tavern.
Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes reports they were called shortly after midnight to Sackett's Bar at 66 North Brown Street. When officers arrived, two individuals were on the floor. A 48 year old man died at the scene. The other person on the floor was transported to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.
Family members are being notified before the deceased person's name is released.
The cold snap can cause problems for not only humans but pets and a Division of Emergency Management spokesperson says just because they have fur doesn't mean they're cold-proof.
Tod Pritchard says there are a few things to remember....
"....dogs and cats can get frostbitten ears, and nose and of course their paws are especially vulnerable to not only the cold but to other things like salt we put down on our sidewalk, and to anti-freeze which people know is very deadly to pets and that sometimes can leak out...."
A bill in the Wisconsin Senate would update the language in Wisconsin's statewide smoking ban to make electronic cigarettes legal in public places. An e-cigarette is a device operated by a battery where the user inhales a water vapor. The user also inhales nicotine in the draw. The devices don't have the restrictions of tobacco cigarettes, which are banned in public places.
Oneida County Public Health Tobacco Coordinator Niki Kostrova says the feds have not yet approved them as a smoking cessation device....
While revelers go out to ring in the new year, a program is there year round to make sure patrons get home safely.
Aaron Schultz is the vice-president of the Oneida County Tavern League and coordinates the Safe Ride Home Program...
"....it is no cost to the patron and it is funded by the Oneida County Tavern League through our fundraising efforts and money from the state....if your establishment is a member of the Oneida County Tavern League, you're able to offer this service to your customers...."