EAGLE RIVER - People all across the world know Eagle River for its snowmobile races. But a tiny company there also helps people around the globe take flight.
Eagle Fuel Cells employs just 15 people. They're best known for making and repairing fuel cells for corporate airplanes and race cars.
"A fuel cell is a rubber bladder. It was originally designed for the military and their trainer aircraft and then quickly transitioned into the bombers and fighters with the self sealing material that they used," says Kurt Hartwig, General Manager and Co-Owner.
That work won the company the Wisconsin Aviation Business of the Year Award. It rewards excellence in customer service and products. Even with their new success, Eagle Fuel Cells doesn't plan on moving any time soon.
"We originally were a regional type company but over the years, we've expanded to international. Today we reach across the whole globe," says Kurt Hartwig.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
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."
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.
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