MINOCQUA - A string of fake money has businesses owners in Minocqua on the lookout.
Over the last few weeks Minocqua police have received several counterfeit bills totaling a few hundred dollars.
Several businesses in the area have been affected by these fake bills.
Especially restaurants and bars where venders are making quick exchanges often in dim lighting--making it harder to catch.
Most of the bills are 20’s and 10’s, according to police.
At River Valley Bank in Minocqua, they’ve seen about two fake bills a week since the beginning of October.
River Valley Bank Manager, Lori Truemper, said "They don’t even know they’ve accepted them. It does get subtracted from their deposit. We notify them and then we have to turn over the bill to the police department."
The good news is there are several ways to determine if the money is real.
Andrew Gee, Minocqua Police Chief, said "Familiarize yourself with the features on an actual bill."
Gee said the right corner of a real $20 will glisten whereas a fake one will be dull.
Also, a real bill will show water marks and has a magnetic strip.
Counterfeit money will feel lighter and worn, whereas real money will feel crisp.
Marking pens can also help determine if they bill is real.
Truemper, said "If you make a mark on a real bill it will be a light yellow. And if you make a mark on a counterfeit bill it will turn a dark brown."
Another way the bank can figure out if the money is real is by putting it through this machine.
If it’s fake, it will flash “check note.”
River Valley Customers can pick up a free marking pen.
The penalty for printing fake money on the federal level is up to 15 years in prison per offense.
And on the state level—you can face up to 6 years in prison or up to 10-thousand dollars in fines.
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"The younger kids, as do their parents, have a perception on what manufacturing looks like and it's about 40 years out of date.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.
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.
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