UW Marathon County students succeed after transferring
Story By Hayley Tenpas
WAUSAU - We all want students to succeed when we send them off to college.
That's definitely the case for students within in the University of Wisconsin System.
Students transferring from UW College programs are some of the most successful compared to 17 thousand students transferring from other locations.
Those already in the UW System are more likely to graduate with a 4 year degree.
Locally in UW-Marathon County, 80-84 percent of students who transfer end up with a baccalaureate degree.
Dean Keith Montgomery isn't surprised.
"We're a UW Campus, we have UW faculty with PhD's, who know the standards that students are going to encounter on transfer. And so they teach to those standards, they don't teach to standards of our own invention," said Dean Montgomery.
UW Marathon County's numbers are up more than 30 percent compared to other UW Colleges.
Dean Montgomery believes the students succeed because of their faculty.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
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