RHINELANDER - An image is worth a thousand words- and some Wisconsin veterans are using their art to tell vivid stories…
Right now ArtStart in Rhinelander is filling their gallery with works of former soldiers and their experience in combat.
From paint on canvas, to photography, and spray paint- the exhibit called "Impact: The Experience of Service" gives viewers a peek into the lives and minds of veteran soldiers.
The pieces are emotional, and sometimes hard to process- just like an experience at war.
The artists know some messages could be unpopular- but are still important stories to tell.
"They'll say, 'Well, do you think the public will understand this?' And I’ll say, 'No, but vets will'...” said spray paint-on-stencil artist, Shawn Ganther, “It might be seen as offensive… [But] to other vets who have served, and who have been through things, they kind of relate to that distress of ‘Why did I trust someone who let me down’... It became very clear to me that the “reasons” we were there, were not why we were there.”
One of Ganther’s pieces is spray painted directly on the wall at the gallery. As he paints with the stencil in place it’s hard to make out the picture. But once it’s removed his message is clear. The image is powerful, in stark black and white. It depicts a man being held in the air, then violently dropped by an elephant that is standing on top of a donkey.
Ganther says it can be hard for veterans to put their experience into words, but art can be an easier way for them open up and speak about it.
The "Impact" exhibition will open at ArtStart October 11th.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Railroads give businesses a chance to move loads of material for a low cost. Loggers could use rail as an alternative to trucking material, but many businesses don’t get that opportunity in the Northwoods anymore.
Canadian National bought rail in the Northwoods about a decade ago. They have cut back service drastically since then.
Some counties haven't seen train travel in years, which hurts business. Now, those businesses want to reestablish rail service.
In response, a group of counties in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan formed the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
RHINELANDER - It won't be much longer before the Hodag water show gears up for the summer, but right now they need to make repairs to their building. Rod Olson says it may cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to make repairs to the building. To watch the video click on the video link.
MADISON - The start of a new short-term loan program that wasn't slated to begin until July has been moved up in an effort to help businesses hurt by recent cutbacks at Oshkosh Corp.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state's chief jobs agency, voted this week to start the pilot program earlier. It will provide loans or loan guarantees of up to $250,000 to companies for projects or expenses that may not be eligible for traditional financing.
The board says it was starting the program earlier in light of news that Oshkosh was cutting 760 jobs from its defense division because of budget cuts being made by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The loan program this year will only target businesses in Oshkosh Corp.'s supply chain
ACROSS THE U.S. - A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would expand regulation on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, not regulated already by the agency.
The proposal, which was released Thursday, would regulate hookahs, nicotine gels, cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA currently only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking. Medical experts don’t know the full health impact of e-cigarettes yet. Leaders at the FDA want to get ahead of the trend.
The proposal would make e-cigarette producers register their products and show their ingredients to the agency.
RHINELANDER - There was no severe weather Thursday, but sirens across the Northwoods were blaring at about 1:45 pm on Thursday.
That's because the National Weather Service held a statewide tornado drill.
It was part of their severe weather awareness week, and Oneida County took part in the drill.
"The sirens are only set off for warnings, in the city of Rhinelander, it's only going to be a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that is affecting the city area," said Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof. "It's also going to be set off for a Tornado Warning affecting the area."
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Drug addicts can look nearly everywhere to get their fix, and sometimes they can get that by raiding their family's medicine cabinet.
That's why Lac du Flambeau police gave a drug presentation at an event for the elderly Thursday.
Police leaders wanted to show seniors what could happen if they didn't keep track of their medications.
"A lot of times the elderly and older population can be victims from this. As the younger children, grandchildren, things like that are you know coming in and taking their grandparents prescription drugs," says Sarah Keuer, a nurse at Peter Christensen Health Center.
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