VILAS COUNTY - Living without good technology can be difficult. Especially when you're trying to manage and keep very important records.
That's why the Vilas County Sheriff's Department made more than $52,000 in upgrades. The new server houses more than 99% of the Sheriff's Office's records. After 5 years, the old server needed to go.
"After that it starts costing you in maintenance. So it was time for us to upgrade., and in order for us to move forward with the new enhancements of Spillman 6.2, we needed to upgrade our software and our hardware," says Chris Kamps, Systems Administrator.
The server is also used by EMS, fire departments, and the county jail. The hardest part was the time it took to install and transfer old data. But once it was done, the department started seeing the benefits.
"...All the enhancements that it's going to give us. There is some learning curves. We'll go through the training and I'm really excited," said Camps.
Implementing the new server is still in its beginning stages. But the department already created two new jobs to work with the new system.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
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