The state noticed something about Rhinelander's drunk driving arrests and decided to fund stepped up enforcement.
Police Chief Michael Steffes says the DOT has given the city more than $17,000 to up patrols through next September....
"...the DOT actually contacted us...they had collected statistics about accidents and traffic stop data and selected us for our population size compared to the number of vehicles(they) assumed were operating under the influence. So they gave us the grant based on that selection criteria..."
The victim in a Monday night shooting in Rhinelander remains in critical condition.
The 49-year-old male received a single gunshot wound in the abdomen. Police responded to the incident at a residence on Mason Street at 7:45 pm. The wounded man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, and was later airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.