Illegal dumping a problem in Oneida County forests
Story By Lauren Stephenson
ONEIDA COUNTY - People enjoy coming to Oneida County because of its beautiful forests.
But a few people are ruining that experience by dumping trash in the forest.
The Oneida County Forestry Department had to close 3 miles of ATV trails.
Those trails were on private industrial property.
"The land owner recently rescinded their land use agreement with the county and one of the reasons they cited was the dumping of garbage that they're finding along the trail on their property," says Oneida County Forest Director John Bilogan.
The county did add another 3 miles of trails.
But they're in a different part of the county.
The Forestry Department wants to make clear that the dumping was not from ATVers.
They find large, pick-up truck- size loads like TVs, refrigerators, and roofing shingles.
Dumping in the forest may save some people money, but it costs the county and the taxpayer more.
"We collect it so we have time, effort spent doing that when we could be doing other things more productive for the general public and we also have to take it to the dump and pay the same tipping fees which again go against our budget, and ultimately the taxpayers are paying for it," Bilogan adds.
The Department says it does catch a lot of people with surveillance cameras, and reports from people who see the dumping.
The county is working with the Sheriff's office and may increase the fine to hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
VILAS COUNTY - Whether you're in the Northwoods for Labor Day Weekend or you call it home, you will have to be more careful around mosquitoes.
A dead crow in Vilas County tested positive for West Nile Virus, which is carried by mosquitoes.
According to a Vilas County Public Health Department press release, this is the first bird this summer to test positive for it.
Gina Egan of the Vilas County Health Department said over the years the county has found infected birds.
Egan suggests avoiding mosquitoes and wearing bug spray. She also suggests getting rid of standing water outside your home, such as bird baths or gutters.
Public health nurses stress that most people who do get West Nile do not get sick.
"Twenty percent of the people have it really mild," said Oneida County public health nurse Dawn Klink. "Eighty percent of the people have no symptoms. And less than one percent get really really deathly ill. And those are usually the ones that get tested for it and go in. Other people just think they've got a bug and don't go in."
Nurses want you to call the local health department if you do see a dead bird.
If you do feel you have severe symptoms of West Nile, nurses say to go to your doctor to get tested.
RHINELANDER - This year the PotatoFest in Rhinelander will still have the favorites, like the French Fry Frenzy and Polka Sunday.
But there will also be a few new additions like a beanbag toss tournament, and potato pantyhose bowling.
"The pantyhose bowling that's where you wear a pantyhose on your head and it's filled with a potato, and then you have to swing your head to knock pins, or knock the ball down to knock the pins over," said DRI Executive Director Maggie Steffen.
MINOCQUA - Heading back to school makes many students stress about what they are going to wear, especially when it comes to that first day look. And educators at one Northwoods school want their students to know that dressing for success, is more important than dressing to fit in.
At Lakeland Union High School, the dress code is designed to promote making wise fashion choices. Administrators say they want students to get in the routine of dressing, as if they're going to work.
"We're teaching them how to get ready for college and how to get ready for a career that they're going to be going into, 'career and college readiness', we want to make sure that they understand 'dressing for success', and a lot of times we spend a lot of time talking from that point of view," said Lakeland Union High School principal Jim Bouche.
Lakeland Union High School doesn't require uniforms, but they do have specific guidelines in place. They don't spell out what students can wear, but instead tell them what they can't. The overall goal is to keep kids focused in class.
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