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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says he’ll run for election to the office next year. Fath was appointed sheriff upon the death of Frank Tomlanovich in June. To remain sheriff, he’ll have to be elected in November.
Fath says he has been planning to run for over two years – even before his appointment.
He says during most of his 18 years as chief deputy, federal law required chief deputies to abandon their posts before running for sheriff. That provision was recently changed.