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Local crews work to become better prepared for a mass shootingSubmitted: 09/18/2018

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WISCONSIN - Emergency teams met in groups throughout Wisconsin Tuesday for the North Central Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition.

The groups called in on a conference call to work through fake scenarios in each county.
Each county had to work through an emergency plan for a mass shooting.

Oneida County worked through a mock scenario at Hodag County Fest.



Lincoln County had to do the same thing but for Fall Ride.

Lincoln County Lieutenant Tim Fischer said this was the first time he's ever participated in something like this.

"We need to discuss different situations to formulate a plan so we have some sort of action should something like this happen. We [will now] have an idea how we are going to respond," said Fischer.

He says with the amount of shootings happening throughout the nation, it's best to be prepared for the worst.


Story By: Erin Beu

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Green Alert IssuedSubmitted: 09/18/2018

EAU CLAIRE - A Green Alert has been issued for a 38-year-old veteran.

Nicholas Wagener was last seen in the City of Eau Claire on September 5, 2018, at approximately 3 p.m.
  
Wagener was riding a bright green bicycle and had a large backpack with him. He said he was going camping with his father, but no family member or friend has been in contact with Mr. Wagener since September 5th.

Wagener has left without contacting anyone for long periods of time in the past, most recently living in the woods using his advanced outdoor survival skills.

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WAUSAU - Teachers in 14 school districts in our area will soon be able to teach high school students technical college courses.

The state Department of Workforce Development gave a grant to technical colleges around the state so students can be prepared to work in high demand jobs.

Northcentral Technical College received a $200,000 Dual Enrollment Fast Forward grant to train at least 72 teachers.

One challenge some students face to getting an education is distance from a college.

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LAONA - More than 130 veterans hit the links in Laona Monday for a day just for them.

Nicolet Country Club in Laona hosted its seventh annual veteran golf outing.

Former ROTC member Thomas Rice says having veteran-based events help keep veterans in touch with each other.

"[It's all about] the comradery and good times with not only the World War ll veterans but also Korean War veterans and Vietnam [veterans]," said Rice.

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WISCONSIN - A few weeks ago, more than 100 businesses were added to the "Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin" list.

Monday, the list was whittled down to the top 16 business.

Northwoods business Caged Crow Customs made the cut.

The St. Germain business makes custom themed food trucks out of nearly any type of vehicle.

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NORTHWOODS - Good drivers should follow the basic rules of the road: Don't drink and drive, wear a seatbelt, and follow the speed limit. For ATV and UTV drivers those same rules can apply, but DNR wardens also want people to consider some other factors. 

So far in 2018 at least 19 ATV/UTV accidents resulted in a fatality.  

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MERRILL - A decade ago, some of the highest rates of suicide in the state came from Lincoln County.

Those numbers have improved slightly since then. But death by suicide is still a major concern in the area.

A billboard in the center of Merrill serves as a reminder. It directs people to call the Hopeline, a free crisis prevention line.

"The mental health coalition has been doing a lot of work in suicide prevention efforts for several years," said Debbie Moellendorf, a co-facilitator for the new Healthy Minds for Lincoln County group.

Moellendorf's coalition is responsible for the billboard, and for trying to change attitudes about mental illness.

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TOMAHAWK - FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb calls e-cigarettes use an epidemic among young teens and says he may even consider taking e-cigarettes off the market if sales to teens don't stop.

This has caused some disagreement with Tomahawk residents. Owner of the Northern Lights Vape Shop Tom Simic doesn't think that e-cigarettes themselves are the problem but irresponsible parenting is. He believes they are a good thing because they have helped people, including himself, quit actual cigarettes.

"I haven't had a cigarette since I started vaping, which was five years ago," said Simic. According to him, that's after over 20 years of smoking.



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