ONEIDA COUNTY - The Oneida County Highway Department spent most of the morning preparing for the winter weather parts of the state are expecting to see.
Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek to get an update as to what the highway department has been doing to prepare.
Stefonek said snow plow drivers have been ready to get out on the roads since about 7 a.m. He's expecting the drivers to have longer days because of the work that's to come. Stefonek wants people out on the roads to be careful and give themselves enough time while out on the roads.
"We have sometimes people passing on the right. They catch our wings. That's never good for anybody so please be aware," said Stefonek.
Stefonek said this winter season they've had two incidents in one day where cars have hit trucks.
On the DOT website, it says plows typically go 25 to 35 miles per hour when plowing. State law requires people to leave 200 feet between their car and a snowplow when it's in use.
RHINELANDER - Plenty of people set out to stock up on winter gear in preparation of the upcoming snowfall on Monday. Owner of Mel's Trading Post Mitch Mode says customers have been coming in to buy mittens, gloves, and hats to make sure they're prepared.
"Because when it's 40 degrees on Friday and Saturday you get kind of blasé about things and then you see a forecast which says six or eight or ten inches of snow on Monday, you get kind of serious again," said Mode.
MINOCQUA - All over the country hundreds of thousands of people came out for the Women's March Saturday. Northern Wisconsin was no exception. The day highlights women's rights but some men felt it was important to March by their side. At the Women's March on Minocqua nearly 200 women from different backgrounds marched as one. However, sprinkled between the pink you'll find men moved by this movement like Cliff Claus. "Very irritated," said Claus. As a father Cliff has specific reasons for walking the mile with the women on Saturday. "Our government's gone to heck," said Claus. "I wanna be a good role model for my daughters.-That's sometimes a hard thing for a guy to do," said women's rights supporter Brent Mc Farlend.
MINOCQUA - Firefighters got called to a fire in Minocqua around 3 p.m. Sunday. A fire broke out in the garage of a home on West Squaw Lake Road and quickly spread throughout the house. When firefighters arrived the garage was completely engulfed in flames.
Due to the secluded location of the house firefighters had to set up a water filling station about a mile away at the Birch Trail Resort. "There's really no good spot to get water we don't have any fire hydrants this way or within about 20 miles of here actually," said Minocqua Fire Department Chief Andy Petrowski.
Petrowski said the five departments that responded to the scene set up 9 water tanks. The department ran water from a nearby lake and attacked the fire from the attic.
MADISON - Falling out of a tree stand can be a real risk for hunters.
Spinal injuries make up more than half the injuries suffered in falls from tree stands.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that a review of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics' trauma database for tree stand-related injuries from 1999 to 2013 shows 55 percent resulted in one or more spinal injuries.
MADISON (AP) - In a tack to the left in an election year, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he wants a state law to guarantee people with pre-existing conditions don't lose health insurance.
He also wants Wisconsin to join Minnesota, Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska in obtaining a federal waiver to offer reinsurance. That is a move designed to lower premiums for people in the private insurance marketplace.
ASHLAND - The death of a teen carrying a butcher knife who was shot by an Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy led to a march, rallies, and community discussions about police relations.
Friday, a special prosecutor cleared the deputy in that shooting.
Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich shot and killed Jason Pero, 14, in November.
Police believe Pero wanted to die.
In a 911 call, the teen was the one who told police someone was walking around with a knife that day. Pero described a a guy walking around outside his house with a knife. The man was wearing a purple sweatshirt.
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