RHINELANDER - Want to stretch your legs, do a good deed and make a dog’s day? You can by volunteering at the Oneida County Humane society.
Dogs like Sonja, and Penny have been at the shelter for months. They spend most of their time in kennels- waiting for a walk.
"They know when they’re going to go for their walk,” said Bria Swartout, Director of the Oneida County Humane Society, “They get all excited when they see that leash and harness."
A new law requires all humane societies give dogs daily exercise. That simple walk gives dogs a lot more than fresh air though, it can help them get closer to a home.
"We get to learn their different behaviors, how they act outside of the kennel, what techniques they know, whether they know how to walk on a leash. We also teach them how to properly walk on the leash... It really helps to get them adoptable when they can walk on the leash, and the knowledge we learn from walking them helps us so we can find their perfect families,” says Swartout.
The humane society sponsors 3 hour classes to teach volunteers dog walking techniques, then dog walkers can come as often as they like.
If you’d like to lend a hand and give a dog a walk, call the humane society at 715-362-5992.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to get the job done.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expected even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - A landfill near Rhinelander saw more recycling last year.
The Oneida County Solid Waste Department had an increase in recycled materials in 2013.
People might be buying more because of an improving economy, but that's not the only reason for the increase.
The contracts from disposal companies also play a major role.
"The contract for the city of Rhinelander had come up and it was re-bid," said Oneida County Solid Waste Superintendent Brian Dutcher. "Northern Waste at the time was awarded that bid or that contract. All of the materials that they picked up for the city came out here."
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