RHINELANDER - Filling up your tank may be taking a toll on your wallet this week as gas prices go up for the seventeenth day in a row.
In Saturday's Weekly Address, President Obama discusses the pain Americans are experencing at the pump.
"You know there are no quick fixes to this problem, and you know we can't just drill our way to lower gas prices. We need to keep developing the technology that allows us to use less oil in our cars and trucks; in our buildings and plants. That's the strategy we're pursuing," Obama said.
Since the President has taken office, gas prices have nearly doubled, according to statistics.
AAA said the national average price of gasoline is $3.65 per gallon and in some areas, like in the Northwoods, the prices are higher.
At gas stations in Rhinelander, prices are $3.69.
With gas prices on the rise, local drivers say they're cutting back on spending in other areas to compensate.
"We cut down on a lot of extra stuff like the entertainment things. We spend a lot of extra time at home," said Becca Lehmkuhl.
To fill up her mini van with regular gas, Becca Lehmkul told Newswatch 12's Jenn Sullivan it cost her $63, which she said is far more than she's used to paying.
But these high prices are affecting more than just drivers, it's taking a toll on recreational activities like snowmobiling.
One Shell station customer paid $29 dollars to fill up his snowmobile. The man would not give his name but said these high prices aren't stopping him from driving up to the U-P to snowmobile. However, come July, when prices are predicted to jump to $5 a gallon, he said he won't be able to travel nearly as much.
Some analysts say tensions over Iran are to blame for the rise in gas prices. Whatever the reason, experts say the only way to lower the prices would be to cut gas tax.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - 4.7 might seem like just a random number, but it gives us an idea of just how cold it was this year. 4.7 degrees was the average temperature for this winter. It's the coldest winter in more than a century.
It’s common to see these sights and hear these sounds in a typical winter. But this year, we heard them a bit more. The Northwoods fought through it’s snowiest and coldest winter on record. What made it so rare was the persistent cold.
MERRILL - Hospitals can sometimes scare kids and even many adults.
That's why one Northwoods hospital wants those kids to be comfortable with doctors if they ever need their help.
Merrill kindergarteners visited Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center on Wednesday.
The kids got to see an ambulance, physical therapy and x rays.
"We try to show them that you know what, the hospital isn't so scary. And we bring them through different areas that they may experience when they come in or they have a family member here. And a lot of times children, if they don't know, they're very afraid. A hospital can be very intimidating, says Jane Bentz, Director of Foundation and Community Outreach.
NORTHWOODS - Home sales fell in the state of Wisconsin, but they're on the rise in the Northwoods.
Real Estate experts say home sales are up 5% in Oneida County. Home sales for the Northwoods are up 4%. Experts say right now it's a buyers market.
“If you're a seller right now you are probably going to be seeing some low ball offers,” says Ashlei Highfill, Century 21 Sales Associate. “We just encourage people to respond to any offer that they get not to just reject it or be offended but these days we are seeing a lot of buyers coming in and offering a lot less than what sellers are asking for.”
Experts say fewer homes are being foreclosed. This allows more families to make first time home purchases.
“It’s great to see that people are obviously getting back to work so they can afford to take that opportunity to put their family in their first home it's exciting for all of us,” says Highfill. “We're always happy to see somebody get that first house for their kids we're seeing some people that are making more money now so they're buying a move up house.”
Overall home sales in Wisconsin fell 11% compared to this time last year.
Cooking for people with multiple, chronic health conditions
MINOCQUA - For people struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease, cooking can be a challenge.
But being careful with how you cook doesn't mean your meal has to be bland.
One dietician teaches the "Cooking for Multiple Diseases" class at Nicolet College in Minocqua.
People taking her class need help finding the best recipes for their conditions.
"Maybe they have diabetes and their spouse has heart disease. Or other people in the family may have a different disease," said Mary Sikora-Petersen, a Registered dietician. "They want to know, how [to] cook a meal that's going to be for everybody in the family."
Petersen also stresses the importance of using healthier ingredients without losing flavor. One way to do that is by using seed-based seasonings and avoiding too much salt.
"[Add] flavors to food without adding salt. Certainly, salt adds flavor," said Petersen. "But there are other ways to add flavor, such as adding ground seasonings, adding fresh herbs to the foods."
Petersen also recommends using light olive oils and whole wheat products.
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