A Rhinelander Catholic school is hoping to take part in the state’s expanded school voucher program. Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School is one of 48 schools statewide that registered for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. It allows low-income students to attend private or religious schools using a state-funded voucher. Nativity Catholic School Principal Shirley Heise says it’s an opportunity for some families to afford a faith-based education.
Health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccines before school starts.
Laurel Dreger is a nurse with the Vilas County Health Department. She says kids and some adults who have already been vaccinated may be due for a booster shot.
“Parents can check with their health care providers or the public health department in their area, and we will look up their children’s records and let them know if they might be needing some shots before they enter school in the fall.”
Businesses in downtown Rhinelander put on their best show for an annual street fair Wednesday.
It was a breezy day on Brown Street and vendors were out in full force, selling everything from antiques to tshirts to shaved ice. Justine Whitefish is selling frybread. She's been making it for 33 years but she’s a new entrepreneur. It’s her first year at Redikulus Dae and she’s a little disappointed by the turnout.
Downtown Rhinelander is gearing up for an annual one-day street fair. Redikulus Dae is designed to bring people out to shop downtown. Executive Director for Downtown Rhinelander Inc. Maggie Steffen says it’s been a tradition for 55 years.
“I can tell you – some of us that have grown up here, it was a big deal to go downtown on that day and see your family and friends. It was a way to meet up with people that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s just a fun atmosphere – it’s not necessarily just shopping, it’s more of almost an experience.”
Members of the public have a chance to weigh in on an open pit mine proposal in Iron County next week.
The DNR is holding an info session and public hearing on August 15th in Hurley. Staff will provide details about Gogebic Taconite’s plan for bulk sampling, where the company would remove 4-thousand tons of rock for analysis. DNR mining spokesperson Ann Coakley says the hearing will also cover GTac’s overall mining plan…which has been submitted to the DNR in a preapplication.
Local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunk driving. It’s Wisconsin’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, running for two and a half weeks between August 16th and September 2nd.
Lieutenant Dave Jaeger of the Minocqua Police Department says officers will be extra vigilant during this time.
“They’ll be doing more traffic enforcement. You know, you keep a closer eye. And you’re out there conducting more traffic contacts in an effort to eliminate or at least cut back on people making the wrong decision.”