Emergency Management Director Todd Pritchard says when you set your clock, it’s a good time to make sure you and your family are set for some of the safety things that we sometimes just forget about. One of them is checking smoke detectors. "Nearly 2,700 people die and 1,500 are injured because there is either a non-working smoke detector, and a vast majority of those are just (the ones with) no batteries in the smoke detector. Obviously, that’s a very preventable tragedy."
Weather conditions last year caused a spike in water use in northern Wisconsin and statewide. That’s according to new numbers from the DNR water monitoring program.
DNR water supply specialist Bob Smail says in the northern part of the state one of the biggest increases in surface water use came from cranberry producers.
“Cranberry withdrawals were up. It was a very warm spring and a lot of growers in the state had to flood their beds to keep their plants from growing too early. So there was an additional withdrawal that they didn’t usually have.”
The police chief in Minocqua has resigned, after the town reached a settlement with his former administrative assistant. The town board accepted Andy Gee's resignation last night after six years as chief. The town reached a 100-thousand dollar settlement with his former aide Julie Mager. Media reports said Mager accused the chief of shouting so loudly at her, it could be heard throughout the police station. She claimed Gee discriminated against her, and intimidated her. Lieutenant Dave Jaeger will temporarily head up the Minocqua police department until permanent chief can be hired.
As the debate continues in Washington, D.C. over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the law begins in full on January 1. In mid-October, Kevin Kane from the group Citizen Action Wisconsin gave a presentation at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Rhinelander on how the ACA will work. He discussed how people can sign up, who it affects and costs.
The program will be broadcast Sunday, November 3 at 4:06 p.m. after a short NPR newscast. All Things Considered will not be heard this Sunday only.
We’re heading into November, and that means deer hunting will soon be in full swing.
It’s a cultural phenomenon in the state, with deeply rooted traditions that go back 100 years or more. While there has been much change in Wisconsin deer hunting over time, controversy and disagreement have never been far away.
In the first of a series we’re calling History Afield, WXPR Contributor Bob Willging has the story of one of the oddest deer hunting political battles of the last century.
A new waste recycling plant built by the Forest County Potawatomi is up and running. The Milwaukee facility turns organic material into electricity that’s sold to WE Energies.
Project Manager Charlie Opferman says the $20-million facility converts food waste into methane gas using tanks full of bacteria.
“We keep these tanks full. They’ve got bugs in them, and the bugs have food. We keep them warm with heat that comes off the engines. Keep them basically at body temperature – as long as we can keep the bugs warm and happy they eat.”