RHINELANDER - After a scare in Laona Monday, the School District of Rhinelander school district says they're up-to-date with a crisis response plan.
"It's a big deal to us, and we know that it's important. If something can happen in Laona, it can happen in Rhinelander. But we have taken every precaution and we believe that we have things in place to handle situations that, hopefully, we'll never have to deal with," says Kim Swisher, community education coordinator for the district.
Thanks to a partnership with the Oneida County Sheriff's Department, the district got a grant totalling over $200,000 to upgrade security systems.
Those upgrades included new cameras that can be accessed in real time by law enforcement inside and outside the schools, and lockdown drills at all grade levels.
Rhinelander High School's renovations include directing traffic through the main office and sealing the administrative offices off from the rest of the school.
RHINELANDER - Wausau Paper today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its specialty paper business to a new company sponsored by KPS Capital Partners L.P. (“KPS”), a New York-based private equity firm with significant experience in the paper industry.
The new company will be known as Expera Specialty Solutions, LLC (“Expera”).
KPS, as previously announced, has also entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the specialty paper business of Packaging Dynamics Corporation
Massive tornado flattens homes, neighborhoods in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - A monstrous tornado as much as a mile wide roars through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
NBC News reports at least 37 people are confirmed dead as of 7:30 p.m.
The storm laid waste to scores of buildings in Moore, south of the city.
The National Weather Service says it had winds up to 200 mph.
People wearing neon-green vests were joined by residents in the search through rubble. Neighborhoods are flattened and homes blown apart.
Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department says an elementary school took a direct hit from the mile-wide tornado.
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