WAUSAU - You can find out all sorts of things on Facebook.
Who's single, who had a good bracket, what your coworker had for breakfast.
But now you can get information that might help you avoid a traffic jam or even keep you safe.
The Wausau Fire Department is on Facebook.
Office Assistant Mindy Walker started posting regularly on Facebook and Twitter in March.
"The idea was to get safety information out to our residents," Walker said. "Let them know if there were any road closures or fires in an area, for them to plan accordingly and travel around that area."
Before, the department had been limited to the local newspaper for notifications.
But social media is faster and more flexible.
"Everyone seems to be going more towards the technology," Walker said. "We're reaching a lot more people this way and they're sharing it with their friends."
Walker also used the pages to recruit new firefighters.
EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.
"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.
The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade. Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
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