Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

College students fill staff needs at WPSSubmitted: 06/13/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


RHINELANDER - Severe storms and construction during the summer often leave Wisconsin Public Service short-handed. Luckily summer also means college students are back in town, with time on their hands.

"Wisconsin Public Service for a number of years has been employing students throughout the summer to do our maintenance on our electric and gas type facilities," said Leah Van Zile with WPS.

Checking gas meters for leaks is not difficult- a sensor "sniffs" the ground and meters for natural gas and points out leaks. Workers then spray a soapy mix on the meter and watch for bubbles to pinpoint the leak. The process is fairly simple, but very important. Hiring college students to handle the job frees up full-time employees for bigger issues.

"If we have power outages or any other kind of emergencies those employees are available to respond to those and other customer work isn't pushed back because of the maintenance we need to do every few years," said Van Zile.

If you see young people in neon WPS vests in your yard, don't be alarmed, but DO consider how your dog might respond to a stranger on their turf. Every year several WPS workers are attacked by dogs.


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS
What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/29/2016

- Local schools have stepped up to show their support for the Antigo community after last weekend's prom shooting. We'll show you what that effort looks like at Lakeland.

- Plus, a local greenhouse that was destroyed by a tornado in 2011 and was rebuilt is celebrating it's20th anniversary. We'll take you to the celebration.

We'll have the details on this story and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

+ Read More

MERRILL - For six months, we wondered whether someone intentionally started a fire department-described "suspicious" house fire in Merrill.

Friday, the Merrill Police Department announced it arrested the man believed responsible for an October 22, 2015 fire.  Police arrested 22-year-old David Ostrowski of Merrill.

Officers accuse Ostrowski of starting a home on East 1st Street early in the morning October 22nd.  The fire destroyed the Brown family's home.  All seven people, including kids having a sleepover in the basement escaped.

+ Read More

VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County will need to fill a vacancy soon at the district attorney's office.

The current DA, Al Moustakis has filed paperwork showing that he won't run for re-election.

+ Read More

PHILLIPS - Many careers today look for workers with skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. On Thursday students and their families from Phillips Elementary School got an opportunity to explore some of those careers.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - Making sure nearly 400 families get enough to eat each month takes a lot of resources.

That's why the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry hopes a new spring fundraiser will help.

+ Read More

MADISON - Many businesses in the northwoods rely on money from visitors.

Last year, tourists spent nearly $12 billion in Wisconsin.  That's according to a report the state Department of Tourism released today.  It found tourism spending went up about $500 million from 2014.

Last year marked the sixth straight year of increasing spending.

+ Read More

MADISON - Assembly Democrats want to know why state health officials delayed telling people that a blood infection was spreading in Wisconsin.

The Department of Health Services began investigating an Elizabethkingia outbreak in December. The agency told hospitals to be on the lookout for infections in January but didn't announce it to the public until March.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here