RHINELANDER - When you live in the Northwoods, it's likely you'll see a bear every now and then.
But you probably wouldn't want to see it near your porch.
Residents at the Davenport Street Estates apartment complex in Rhinelander saw a bear two weeks ago.
Property Manager Jenna Cook contacted the DNR immediately.
She's seen bears near the apartment before, but this time she thinks the bears were attracted to the bird feeders.
"I grew up in Rhinelander, grew up in the town of crescent. I was used to seeing bears, having them around," said Cook.
"I grew up with my dad having bird feeders and always take them down at night so the bear wouldn't come in to the yard. So when I heard about it, my first initial reaction was, yep, bird feeders have to go."
The DNR estimates there's more than 18 thousand bears in the Wisconsin.
DNR Wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says it's common to see young bears because they're looking for food and entertainment.
"There's always some kind of flesh of activity when you get into late June and early mid-July," Holtz said.
"These young animals come in and they're just not as smart enough to stay away from people and they get into trouble."
Holtz wants to remind people that it's illegal to feed bears.
If you do see a bear near your home, contact the DNR.
Technology committee wants to improve Northwoods broadband connectivity
ONEIDA COUNTY - The Oneida County board wants to attract more people to the area. That's why the Oneida County Technology committee is trying to improve Internet connectivity.
The committee is trying to get funding from federal and state sources. As of now the board has put aside $24,000 for broadband development. But they hope to get more.
“We recognize that Oneida County had deficiencies in speed and connectivity and number of people who were able to access broadband in the speeds and capacities that were necessary to do their work,” says Bob Martini, County Board Supervisor. “So we put together a technology a committee that would investigate ways that we could improve this service in Oneida County.”
The committee hopes to fix spots that don't get good broadband service in Oneida County. They think improving the internet could help the Northwoods economy.
“The idea is to give the citizens of Oneida County access, but also to make us the best rural county in Wisconsin in terms of broadband access so that we can attract retirees, businesses, and improve the people's lives that are already living here,” says Bob Martini, County Board Supervisor.
RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group held a seminar at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Tuesday, to plan how to make Wisconsin more attractive to skilled workers and manufacturing businesses.
WMC's president believes the shortage in younger people in the industry has to do with two big misconceptions about manufacturing.
"The younger kids, as do their parents, have a perception on what manufacturing looks like and it's about 40 years out of date. If you're in an advanced manufacturing facility now, it's clean, it's high-tech, the engineers and technicians are working together," said Jim Morgan."We have a perception problem. I think we still have a definition of success that's says unless you have a four-year degree, you're not successful."
Morgan says groups like WMC work to change that perception. He believes workers with a two-year degree are just as successful in the industry.
So far, WMC held seminars at nine other technical colleges. For Rhinelander, more manufacturers could mean more economic independence.
"The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is looking to see how it can help and partner with local manufacturers to make the Rhinelander area a more favorable place for them to locate their businesses, as well as to attract and retain skilled workers to make those businesses successful," said Dana DeMet, Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce director.
Over the next six months, WMC will continue to look for ways to attract more workers and businesses to the state.
In December, it hopes to have 1000 representatives for a meeting in Milwaukee focusing on how manufacturing will benefit the state.
WMC also works with the University of Wisconsin system and the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
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