Last spring a nursing home in Crandon closed down. Now the facility is expected to open up again thanks to a new local owner. You'll hear from the Forest County Economic Development director on what that means for the area.
We'll show you the progress of the Vilas County Courthouse expansion project and tell you when it's expected to be finished.
And we'll tell you about a new schedule for students at the Rhinelander middle school and talk to school officials about the reason for the changes.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's police chief hoped to fill two jobs in his department last summer. A field of eight finalists led to zero job offers, but this week Lloyd Gauthier's force might finally get back to full strength.
The Rhinelander Police and Fire Commission approved hiring Tyler and Logan Pontbriand on Monday. Their hires would bring the total force in Rhinelander to 17, including the chief and captain positions.
The Pontbriand twins are deputies with the Vilas County Sheriff's Office. Logan started as a corrections officer in May 2015 while Tyler was hired as a deputy in January 2016.
Gauthier says they had six qualified applicants after reopening the application process in November, but the Pontbriands - who both live in Rhinelander - had qualities you simply can't teach.
EAGLE RIVER - Colder temps and windy weather delayed work on the Vilas County Courthouse expansion this winter.
The $11 million project is scheduled to be finished at the end of February. The only portion of the building still being worked on is the connector between the new building and the existing courthouse.
RHINELANDER - Local veterinarian, Dr. Alison French, actually sees a decrease in vet visits in the winter months due to less outdoor exercise and fewer injuries. But less time outside with pets is not necessarily a good thing.
French recommends you give your pets plenty of water and take walks outside even in the coldest temperatures.
Just like humans, animals dehydrate faster in the cold. Make sure you refill your pet's water bowls.
"Make sure they have fresh water. So if they're outside all the time make sure they have a heated water dish," said French.
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan is pressuring Democrats to back a bill preventing a weekend government shutdown and says "cool heads hopefully will prevail."
The Wisconsin Republican is also declining to say if there are enough GOP votes to approve that bill.
Ryan tells reporters he won't bring separate immigration legislation to the House floor unless President Donald Trump supports it. He says Trump is being "completely rational" in demanding that such a bill have stronger border security provisions.
SILVER CITY, MI - Michigan officials have reached a settlement with a mining company involving erosion caused by exploration of an underground copper deposit near Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
The state Department of Environmental Quality says it recently signed a consent order with Copperwood Resources. The company will pay a $25,000 fine, stabilize the site and restore affected wetlands.
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