- Many kids in the Northwoods may have already started trick-or-treating over the weekend, but Wednesday is officially Halloween and time for the big haul.
It's part of a nationwide effort for dentists to buyback kids' candy after the holiday called Cash for Candy.
Healthy teeth aren't the only reason dentists participate, they also do it to boost moral in the military.
Dr. Dean Hussong of Hussong Family Dentistry says, "The troops, overseas, are looking for as much help as they can get in a lot of areas and they appreciate the candy treats. We'll buy back any unopened candy after Halloween, after kids have had a few days to enjoy them."
The current "going rate" for the candy buy back program is 1-dollar per pound and sweets aren't the only thing the dentists ship overseas, Hussong says, "We try to send brushes and dental floss and all that stuff. It's a national effort and we're part of a small cog in the national effort to do that. The candy will be shipped out to California and it will be taken to the troops from there."
You can also donate your candy or even the cash payout to the troops.
In Tomahawk, Hussong Family Dentistry will be buying candy on Monday the 5th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
RHINELANDER - Wisconsin will get a new state attorney general this election year.That could mean new changes for the department.
But many of the candidates agree that more needs to be done to deal with heroin in Wisconsin.
Police and prosecutors say the drug continues to spread throughout the state. Republican candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, believes heroin and opiates are one of the state’s biggest challenge.
"We're seeing more people die from accidental drug overdoses than we're seeing in car crashes," Schimel said. "That is a dangerous statistic for us to be looking at."
According to a Gannet Wisconsin Investigative study, at least 199 people died in 2012 in Wisconsin from drug overdoses.
The legislature has passed several bills this session to fight heroin and help people who are addicted to the drug.
State Rep. Jon Richards-(D) Milwaukee, is one of three Democratic candidates running for attorney general. He believes the state needs to keep going after drug traffickers.
"Local prosecutors and law enforcement are already stretched to the max in terms of their man power," Richards said. "We have to be addressing these new problems of public safety in creative ways and effective ways."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
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