EAGLE RIVER - If your credit card company called to verify your account information, would you give it out? That's what scammers hope, and that's what they tried in Eagle River recently.
Joe Kuczala answered his cell phone the other day, and heard a recorded message from "Visa Card" about problems with his account.
"All of your online and phone privileges have been declined right now," said Kuczala, recalling the message, "In order to get that back online, please start entering your information so that we can verify your card," is how he remembered it.
Thankfully Joe did not enter his card number; instead he entered all zeross to see what would happen.
"At the end it says, thank you you're reactivated," said Kuczala with a laugh," So then I hung up from there, looked at the caller ID and called that number back."
That call went to another voice message, this one for the Roxbury New Jersey Town Hall. They said they'd gotten many calls from people about the scam, and somehow they're phone line had been hacked.
The Vilas County Sheriff's Office says, just hang up if you get one of these calls, and DON'T enter any of your information.
EAGLE RIVER - Highway workers do a dangerous job, working alongside traffic with very little protection. A new state law could make those jobs a little safer.
A hand-held cellphone ban for work zones starts statewide Saturday. Drivers cannot make or answer phone calls while in work zones unless they use Bluetooth or some sort of earpiece.
Vilas County Highway Commissioner Nick Scholtes calls the law change a great thing for the state.
"The ones that are on their phones, they seem a little oblivious to what we are doing there at the time," Scholtes said. "They're going through the motions coming through the work zone but it's actually very scary at the same time because if they needed to stop quickly don't know if they could."
STATEWIDE - City, county, and town leaders hope you Turn Out for Transportation Thursday night. Seventy-one of the state's 72 counties will hold public forums for people to learn more about the state's transportation budget.
The idea comes from the "Just Fix It" campaign, which many counties have signed encouraging state lawmakers to find a better way to pay for roadwork.
You can find the location and time for your county's meeting via the link below.
FLORENCE - In Florence County, more people work in forestry-related jobs than in any other industry.
"It's unbelievable, the way I put it," said logger Jaden Streu. "There are a lot, a lot of jobs and a lot of people that are retiring."
Streu graduated from Florence High School this spring and immediately went to work for his family's business, CTL Timber Harvesting.
Streu was among the presenters at Wednesday's Log-A-Load educational day at Florence.
"I think the big thing is, this industry is changing, from some of the equipment [the students] saw that was working here today. It's highly technical equipment," Florence District Administrator Ben Niehaus said.
"My favorite station was the sawmill," said Florence fourth grader Hannah Holdaway. "I didn't know that they cut it with a machine. I thought they just cut it with a saw."
"I think they leave here with a whole different perspective of, 'Wow, this isn't just a chainsaw and something that looks like a bulldozer that picks wood up and decks it on a log truck. There's a lot more to it,'" Niehaus said.
People like Streu would like to leave a positive impression of the forestry industry on students.
"We hope that they leave [saying], 'This ain't bad. This is a good thing,'" he said.
Hopefully, as Streu sees it, some of these learners will someday become his coworkers in the forest.
"We need the younger generation to come in, like me, to take it over and keep it going," Streu said. "It's a family business and I can have kids, hopefully, and be able to show them and bring them up in it and keep it going generations after generations."
Students from both Florence and Wabeno came to the Log-A-Load day.
NORTHWOODS - The high-dosage flu shot for people 65 and older is stronger than the regular one, but holding off for a couple weeks could help keep you flu free for even longer.
The CDC says all ages should get the flu shot as soon as possible, and many pharmacy chains have started pushing shots in the late summer. But some health professionals think waiting a couple weeks might pay off.
"Why they advertise it so early doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. It takes two weeks for it to kick in, and flu season lasts six months. So if you do get vaccinated too early you do run the risk of being prepared for the early part of flu season, but you may not be covered then through the end of flu season," said St. Germain Health Mart pharmacist Jennifer Hansen.
MADISON - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials have pushed back the release of updates to their chronic wasting disease plan to this spring.
The DNR has a 15-year plan that expires in 2025. It calls for reducing local herds in isolated areas of infection that appear far from known disease clusters but centers largely on monitoring. The DNR's board ordered a review of the plan by this December amid concerns the disease has been spreading.
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