WAUSAU - Getting a good technical education calls for the best equipment.
Now, students at a Wausau Technical college will get to use the best thanks to a generous donation.
Northcentral Technical College got two huge grants from the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation.
The first grant is $250,000 and is guranteed.
The second grant is $300,000, but will only be donated if the college can raise the money to match it.
Dean Darren Ackley says it's very expensive to update the labs, But the president has been progressive in developing the centers.
"That's why when we get these grants to put the equipment in, it's very beneficial for us," said Ackley.
"It's the only way we can really make these things happen is through our industry partners."
The center is hoping to get a high tech 3-D printer.
This will help the students see if they're building something correctly.
"There's so much high tech tools that we need here and technology that's really going to benefit our learners that prepare them to go out and increase the knowledge and skill level in the workforce." Ackley said.
The money will go toward equipment for the College's new Manufacturing Center.
Classes will be running all this semester and next fall.
ONEIDA COUNTY - If your truck cracks through the ice, your first thought might be, "get off ASAP."
There are workers who head the opposite way--onto the ice to help.
That describes one local team who carefully went to work on the Willow Flowage in Oneida County in Little Rice on Tuesday.
"This ain't no joke out here," said Tom Quandt, Jr., the owner of Bulldog Off-Road Recovery Service. "I do get nervous, and today's a day I'm nervous because of the ice conditions."
That nervous energy is what likely helps Quandt and his crew carefully cross the ice and get sunken vehicles back above water level.
It's not easy. Quandt and his crew set nerves aside, driving in a bombardier about two miles off the shore on Willow Dam Road to get to the truck, which was near an island.
"I was looking at the ice," Quandt says as he describes the drive out to the car. "I was looking for holes in the ice, I was looking for the color of the ice...There was water coming up out of spots as we were driving out here."
The crew tried a few times to get the truck back on safer ice, but the car fell through again. The crew then decided to drill a trench to a nearby island and pull the car out that way.
"We can sit and play that game all day and it's not going to get us anywhere without a lot of time and labor into this," Quandt said.
The team got the car out and onto the island around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Quandt said the owner of the car may try to tow his truck back to shore later this week.
The DNR is aware of the situation. By state statute, you have 30 days to remove your car from the ice or get a fine.
RHINELANDER - Smartphone tracking technology can rescue lost drivers, help authorities find kidnapped victims and let parents keep tabs on their kids. However, this tracking can turn to stalking if the wrong person uses it. "It's actually something that's more common than you would think. That it's a very dangerous…it's a volatile situation because the perpetrator will know where the victim is at all times," said Tri-County Council Domestic Violence Coordinator Melissa P.
She says stalkers can find where you live, where you work, and even what stores you shop at. "The abuser starts to lose control when they go to all lengths to find their victim...If they feel like they are losing control…they have nothing else to lose," explained Melissa.
AT&T Sales Consultant Dusty Struck says stalkers can track smartphones by hacking into a built in chip. "It's like a GPS location services…basically every smartphone has a GPS chip built inside of it," said Struck.
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