RHINELANDER - We all want a healthy place to live and work in. But you may be shocked to find how your county ranks among others for overall health.
Oneida County is one of the most unhealthy in Wisconsin. Rankings place Oneida at 57th out of 72 for overall health.
"The rankings take into effect a lot of things like health factors, health behaviors, clinical care, physical environment," says Linda Conlon, Oneida County Health Department Director.
The county struggles with a high death rate and a feeling of "morbidity". That means people don't feel good about their health. Other health issues in the county are adult smoking and car crashes. Unemployment is also high and also considered a health issue. But there are areas that Oneida is already doing well in.
"Going to the doctor, getting our exams, women getting mammograms, and our physical environment. More and more of our community members are active," says Conlon.
Other counties that rank poorly are Forest and Adams Counties. Meanwhile, Florence, Taylor, and Vilas Counties all do well. For the complete listing, visit the associated link.
The Boulder Junction Town Board voted two to one Tuesday night to move forward with a town plaza plan. The plan will now go to a design phase.
The board estimated the cost of the design phase to be between $30,000 to $50,000, but it was dropped to about $25,000 at the meeting.
Town Chairman Dennis Reuss and Town Supervisor Dennis Duke voted in favor, with Town Supervisor Denny McGann voting against the plan.
A little more than $1 million may not seem like a lot of money to a city like Madison or Milwaukee. But for a town of fewer than one thousand people, it's a lot. The Boulder Junction Town Board could vote Tuesday whether or not to move onto the next phase of a $1.26 million town plaza project.
Dennis Duke has a vision of what Boulder Junction could look like in a few years.
"This one has a much more artistic flair, this has a more engineering flair if you will," said Duke while looking at potential design plans.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
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