ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - You might have a bird feeder or two in your yard. But keeping the bird population healthy probably isn't something you think about a lot. It turns out, you play a bigger role than you think.
Bird feeding is one of the top recreational activities in the country. But it's important for people to keep bird safety in mind.
"They can put out the right kind of food. They can take good care of the equipment that they use to feed and they can make sure that the ground around it's clean," says Jeremy Holtz, DNR Wildlife Biologist.
Just like humans...birds are affected by bacteria. Redpolls are more susceptible to salmonella than other birds. People need to keep their bird feeders clean to keep deaths at a minimum.
"I recommend that folks consider the kind of equipment that their using. If they're going to buy a new feeder, they should consider buying one that is easy to clean," says Holtz.
The best type of bird feeder is a simple tube feeder. They can be easily cleaned with ten-percent water bleach solution.
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.
MINOCQUA - The Minocqua police department could have a new police chief in early May. David Jeager has been the acting chief of police since October.
He will undergo a background check, drug screening, and psychological exam before he is named the current chief of police. He would be replacing former Police Chief Andy Gee. Jeager is excited about what the future may bring.
"I'm extremely excited," says Minocqua acting Police Chief David Jeager. "I believe that this department has great potential and we have a great group of people working for this department,” says Jeager.
“We have great officers, we have great dispatchers, we have great administration.I feel that we can really provide a service to this community that's second to none,” says Jeager.
Jeager has worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years. He's worked at the Minocqua Police Department for 6 years.
MERRILL - A Lincoln County jury found a Merrill–area man guilty of three charges in court Wednesday in connection to the disappearance and murder of his wife.
The jury deliberated for more than 7 ˝ hours over a two day period. That was also after six days of testimony and evidence from both the prosecution and defense.
50-year-old Mark Bucki will get a mandatory life sentence for his first-degree intentional homicide conviction.
His wife Anita went missing after going to the couple’s house on the evening of April 25, 2013. Bucki claimed the two had an emotional conversation about the coming divorce between the two of them.
According to testimony, Anita wanted to get back together with Bucki, but Mark was seeing another woman and wanted to move on. He said he went to bed around midnight that evening. He said she was gone just before she woke up at five the next morning.
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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