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.
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School student could face punishment for putting a shooting threat in a bathroom last week.
According to a press release, the Minocqua Police Department believes the girl officers talked to today is likely the person who left graffiti referencing the Parkland, Florida school shooting in an LUHS girls' bathroom on Thursday.
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