Police departments across the U.S. are having problems recruiting officers, and North Central Wisconsin is no exception. Tonight we talk with local police departments to find out why fewer young people want to become police officers than in years past.
We talk to the Northland Pines School District Superintendent about a program that allows international students to get both a high school diploma and an associate's degree.
And we'll introduce you to a Langlade County couple who want to share their passion of sled dog racing with the community.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
NORTHWOODS - Jordan Gaiche's lifelong dream has always been to be a cop.
"That passion has evolved over time from of course every little boy's dream of the cool car and the badge and the uniform and all those things to wanting to play a bigger role in my community and make a difference," said Gaiche.
He is one of three new officers who were sworn into the Wausau Police Department last week. Nowadays, Gaiche is unique in his career aspirations. Fewer young people want to become police officers than in years past.
RHINELANDER - Catching a cold or the flu might top your list when you think of winter health problems, but your feet can cause some pretty serious health issues if you don't know what to watch out for.
Dr. Jeff Chism at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in Rhinelander says the number one problem this time of year is overdoing outdoor winter sports, not frostbite.
It doesn't matter if you snowshoe or cross country ski, Dr. Chism says doing too much, too soon can cause harm.
"They really aren't ready for that and their feet aren't ready for that. They get blisters. They get tendonitis. They get those kinds of problems. The slower they go into it and try to work into it, the better it is for them," said Dr. Chism.
ELTON - Most people enjoy taking their dogs out for walks. But Beth and Ken Castaldi prefer exercising their many dogs a little more competitively. For them, "Snow-Time" is really show time. It's all going to the dogs…At least that's what Beth and Ken Castaldi believe. Beth has been racing dogs for four decades, something she's just dog-gone crazy about. "Oh the dogs! Absolutely the dogs. I'm the type of person who loves working with puppies," says Beth. Beth says it's more of a dog teach dog world. "The older dogs are so important because they train the younger dogs. They can teach them a whole lot faster than we do," Beth explains. But Beth and Ken aren't the first mushers to ride in Langlade County, the history dates back to the 40s. "A mail route was established between the Shawano area and it went north into… I believe Green Bay and even further… and they actually used dog sled teams to deliver the mail," said Beth. Beth and Ken want to share their passion with the community, even if you don't have a dog. "We have members that do sprint racing with their sled dog team. We have long-distance or mid-distance racers …we have members who don't even have dogs," exclaimed Beth.
MADISON - A manufacturing tax credit touted by Republicans is projected to cost the state more than $650 million over the next two years.
Democratic critic Rep. Gordon Hintz, of Oshkosh, on Tuesday released the latest estimates from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. It shows that the program will have reduced state tax collections by about $1.4 billion by mid-2019.
MILWAUKEE - The state chamber of commerce is praising Gov. Scott Walker's welfare reform proposal that would penalize low-income parents who don't work more than 80 hours a month.
But the Democratic leader of the Wisconsin state Senate says the measure shows Walker has a double standard. Senate Minority Leader Jen Shilling says Walker is creating one set of rules for working families while giving millions in tax breaks to the wealthy.
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