RHINELANDER - A new daycare will soon debut in Rhinelander. Saturday, the new business previewed with an Open House.
Families brought their kids in to get acquainted with First Steps Day Care. Parents toured the building while kids took toys for a test drive. Co-owner Trisha Pugh is thinking small as a child care difference-maker.
"We would like to see families that promote us because they're so proud of the way that their children are brought here to feel part of the family. We want to stay small, if we were to expand it would be to make smaller centers.
We just think they're cozy, friendly and made right for families.
Quality is Pugh's mission. She also wants families to know First Steps Daycare is more than a place to park their kids.
"I absolutely love being with children. But I like having families feel safe, and they have someone that they can talk to about raising children. And bounce ideas off about raising children. And I like educating people about childcare."
First Steps Childcare opens its doors January 14th. For more information, visit www.wjfw.com
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
MERRILL - People on the west side of Merrill will need to put up with the sound of construction this summer. What was once an empty lot will now be the site of the Stonebridge Apartments. The apartments are a new source of affordable housing in Merrill and should be complete by the late summer.
When you're looking at Park Place apartments in Merrill, you might confuse the building with something else.
"I think Park Place looks like a 1970s dormitory at UW Madison," said Merrill Area Housing Authority Executive Director Paul Russell.
But a new apartment complex being built just across the street is going to offer a different look.
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