RHINELANDER - Yesterday, you might have had to go without email, Facebook, and even worse -- wjfw.com!
That's because a Frontier Communications fiber optic line was cut.
It happened in Merrill, where a Wisconsin Public Service crew was working.
The outage affected around 8,000 people. For most of us, it was just an annoyance.
But what about vital services, like police, fire and ambulance?
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office normally relies on Frontier.
IT Services Director Lynn Grube says the outage caused a few problems.
Police couldn't communicate with the sheriff's office software. Instead, they had to do manual data entry.
Deputies had to use their radios to talk to dispatch, and dispatch had to run license checks through Lincoln County.
"Inconvenient for sure. But these guys are professionals, they have these procedures in place," Grube said. "So that kind of ensures safety, knowing there's a fall back in place in case there's a malfunction like this."
The outage caused problems for other county departments, too. But Grube says law enforcement had the most trouble.
"Always, because of safety, we want to make sure they have the tools they need to do their job," Grube said. "So they're always our primary concern whenever there's a computer malfunction. So were they impacted the most? I would say yes, because they use a lot of computers in their day-to-day work."
Grube says this is the third internet outage she's experienced in her 23 years with the county.
Service to the sheriff's department went down around 11:30 a.m., and was back up by 6:30 p.m.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
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