WOODRUFF - When you get a smoldering hot day like today, going to the lake sounds pretty great.
But if you don’t know how to swim, that could be a problem.
"Practice and try hard when you’re in the water." said Harland resident, Gab Burch.
That’s advice from a nine year old who just learned how to swim.
"My grandma was trying to teach me how to swim today, a little bit," Burch said.
"Then she gave me a float sort of thing to help me swim and I was a little scared."
Statistics are scary too.
Drownings are the second leading cause of accidental death for children between one and 14 years old.
That’s why YMCA swim instructor Karen Fiocchi wants parents to watch their children.
"A lot of our lakes do not have life guards. They’re public beaches, but there’s no lifeguards. So that means swim at your own risk," said Fiocchi.
"So it means even if you’re a good swimmer, swim with a buddy. If you’re a kid, make sure your parents are there. Parents make sure you’re there and you know where your kids are all the time at the beach."
Kids are at the highest risk of drowning when they’re between ages one and four.
That’s why this mom wants her daughter close to the shore.
"I don’t like them going past the buoys because they’re there for a reason. So definitely stay in there," Milwaukee resident, Amber Vandenorth said.
"My daughter, I just kind of like her on the shore more because obviously it’s really shallow and she’s little, but with him, out to the bouy's."
This twelve year old is glad to have supervision around.
"Just make sure you always have an adult or an older person with you that is responsible enough to watch you when you’re swimming," said West Bend resident, Braden Hay.
"And always keep close to another person just in case because you never know what’s going to happen."
Good advice from a very intelligent twelve year old.
NORTHWOODS - Home sales fell in the state of Wisconsin, but they're on the rise in the Northwoods.
Real Estate experts say home sales are up 5% in Oneida County. Home sales for the Northwoods are up 4%. Experts say right now it's a buyers market.
“If you're a seller right now you are probably going to be seeing some low ball offers,” says Ashlei Highfill, Century 21 Sales Associate. “We just encourage people to respond to any offer that they get not to just reject it or be offended but these days we are seeing a lot of buyers coming in and offering a lot less than what sellers are asking for.”
Experts say fewer homes are being foreclosed. This allows more families to make first time home purchases.
“It’s great to see that people are obviously getting back to work so they can afford to take that opportunity to put their family in their first home it's exciting for all of us,” says Highfill. “We're always happy to see somebody get that first house for their kids we're seeing some people that are making more money now so they're buying a move up house.”
Overall home sales in Wisconsin fell 11% compared to this time last year.
MERRILL - Hospitals can sometimes scare kids and even many adults.
That's why one Northwoods hospital wants those kids to be comfortable with doctors if they ever need their help.
Merrill kindergarteners visited Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center on Wednesday.
The kids got to see an ambulance, physical therapy and x rays.
"We try to show them that you know what, the hospital isn't so scary. And we bring them through different areas that they may experience when they come in or they have a family member here. And a lot of times children, if they don't know, they're very afraid. A hospital can be very intimidating, says Jane Bentz, Director of Foundation and Community Outreach.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - 4.7 might seem like just a random number, but it gives us an idea of just how cold it was this year. 4.7 degrees was the average temperature for this winter. It's the coldest winter in more than a century.
It’s common to see these sights and hear these sounds in a typical winter. But this year, we heard them a bit more. The Northwoods fought through it’s snowiest and coldest winter on record. What made it so rare was the persistent cold.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People from all over the Northwoods celebrated Earth Day today. Students at Lac du Flambeau school participated in a natural resources fair today.
Classes, groups and individual students submitted projects to be judged. By doing the projects they learned the importance of Earth Day.
“Polluting could harm the earth and if that harms the earth later on we won't have a better earth to do stuff on like camping, or fishing, hiking and taking walks,” says Sky Risingsun, a Lac du Flambeau student.
35 projects were judged in the science competition. Each student was given a white spruce seed to take home and plant in their own yard.
“It's a white spruce which is a native tree to this area,” says Bryan Hoover, Lac du Flambeau Energy and Air Quality Coordinator. “We've got almost 500 of them and every student is going to take one home so that they can pick a spot in their yard to plant the new tree and watch that tree grow as it matures.”
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