WAUSAU - A new school year means new teachers, new friends, new books.
And in many school districts this year, it also means new or beefed up security systems.
Wausau Public Schools changed the way visitors get into its buildings this year.
School office staff will have to buzz people in once school hours begin.
At the front door vestibule visitors will need to explain why they're there.
Then the staff can unlock the second set of doors.
Last winter the district-wide Safety Committee looked at the security level in the school.
It decided it should add some extra measures.
"You look at what happened at Sandy Hook and those are our youngest learners and that strikes a chord for the majority of people. It certainly strikes a chord for parents. I think they can easily put themselves in that type of scenario," says Dr. Jeff Lindell of the Wausau Public Schools
That assessment began after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
A gunman entered the school and killed 20 children and 6 staff last December.
The district installed the new security systems over the summer.
But that doesn't necessarily mean it's finished with safety upgrades.
The District tells us it will continue to evaluate schools' security.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to get the job done.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expected even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
MINOCQUA - The Minocqua police department could have a new police chief in early May. David Jeager has been the acting chief of police since October.
He will undergo a background check, drug screening, and psychological exam before he is named the current chief of police. He would be replacing former Police Chief Andy Gee. Jeager is excited about what the future may bring.
"I'm extremely excited," says Minocqua acting Police Chief David Jeager. "I believe that this department has great potential and we have a great group of people working for this department, says Jeager.
We have great officers, we have great dispatchers, we have great administration.I feel that we can really provide a service to this community that's second to none, says Jeager.
Jeager has worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years. He's worked at the Minocqua Police Department for 6 years.
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