SUGAR CAMP - For people looking to learn the art of trapping, classes are forming throughout the Northwoods.
The Wisconsin Cooperative Trapper Education Program is hosting the event.
Tomorrow's class is an advanced one-day instructional held at the Sugar Camp Town Hall.
Mike Kortenhof is the teacher and says there are a lot of ways to get involved in trapping over the next few weeks.
But his class teaches people more than just trapping the animal.
"You're going to learn a lot about the laws," Kortenhof says. "You're going to learn about the animals, about the habitats. We try to teach you how many animals you should take out of an area. That goes back into the ethical part of it again. Just because you can trap 50 rats out of one pond doesn't mean you should trap them all."
This bill is supposed to give counties a consistent approach to zoning standards and cannot restrict by more than what the Wisconsin D-N-R's standards outline.
Tiffany says the bill helps people who have sub-standard lots, or lots that were legal at the time but aren't legal now.
It also lets people improve their home beyond 50 percent of its value.
"We believe people should be able to repair and maintain their homes up to whatever value they choose to," Kortenhof says. "It doesn't allow expansions but it dose allow people to repair and maintain their homes."
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group held a seminar at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Tuesday, to plan how to make Wisconsin more attractive to skilled workers and manufacturing businesses.
WMC's president believes the shortage in younger people in the industry has to do with two big misconceptions about manufacturing.
"The younger kids, as do their parents, have a perception on what manufacturing looks like and it's about 40 years out of date. If you're in an advanced manufacturing facility now, it's clean, it's high-tech, the engineers and technicians are working together," said Jim Morgan."We have a perception problem. I think we still have a definition of success that's says unless you have a four-year degree, you're not successful."
Morgan says groups like WMC work to change that perception. He believes workers with a two-year degree are just as successful in the industry.
So far, WMC held seminars at nine other technical colleges. For Rhinelander, more manufacturers could mean more economic independence.
"The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is looking to see how it can help and partner with local manufacturers to make the Rhinelander area a more favorable place for them to locate their businesses, as well as to attract and retain skilled workers to make those businesses successful," said Dana DeMet, Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce director.
Over the next six months, WMC will continue to look for ways to attract more workers and businesses to the state.
In December, it hopes to have 1000 representatives for a meeting in Milwaukee focusing on how manufacturing will benefit the state.
WMC also works with the University of Wisconsin system and the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
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