MINOCQUA - Most of us can name some state Capitols, a few major rivers, and hopefully all seven continents. But one Northwoods 7th grader can name all the ports in Africa. And it's that kind of knowledge that took her all the way to the state geography bee.
Asha Jain won the Wisconsin Geography Bee last weekend. When asked if she viewed this as a major accomplishment she replied...
"For me it was, but there's a next step ahead of it," says Asha Jain, Wisconsin Geography Bee winner.
...And that's Nationals. Part of her drive comes from her family. Her brother made it to Nationals three times and finished second there last year.
"It's a family thing because my mom, she spends time with us. She quizzes us all the time. My dad always tries to find out new stuff for us, business related obviously. So everyone puts in effort," says Asha Jain.
She is already preparing for nationals. She studies maps and politics for foreign countries.
"For the major cities, you have to research them online and see what they are famous for. What are the important things in the past that have happened there?" said Asha Jain.
The National Geographic Bee takes place in Washington D.C. in late May.
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
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