MERRILL - Freezing cold temperatures affect everyone in the Northwoods.
Including some animals.
But insects can survive low temperatures with some help from the snow. Snow is a great buffer for insects.
It keeps the ground underneath pretty warm.
And that allows a lot of insects to survive.
"Emerald Ash Borers, Gypsy Moths, Bark Beatles, all of those insects can over winter underneath the typical snow line so low winter temperatures really won't impact them," said Brian Schwingle, the Forest Health Specialist for the Northern Region at the DNR.
Temperatures would have to stay very low for long periods of time, every single year to make an impact on our forests.
Spring temperatures are likely to kill more bugs than frigid winter lows.
Warm weather in March or April can cause insects to hatch out.
If the cold weather comes back ,like we saw last year, the bugs will die.
"That cold, wet weather after that warm snap will kill a lot more insects than for example minus 20 in January will kill," said Schwingle.
Even most non-native bugs will survive the winter.
Although some of its larvae won't hatch, enough will to keep the bug alive in the area.
ONEIDA COUNTY - Back in November, a 20-year-old Rhinelander man drove and crashed his car after a night of drinking, killing his best friend in the passenger seat.
That driver will now spend nine months in jail.
Randall J. Lego was sentenced in Oneida County Court on Friday.
He faced two charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
According to court documents, Lego's car hit a power pole on River Road just outside Rhinelander.
The passenger, 23-year-old Jacob Juedes, was dead at the scene. Juedes was a husband and father of a young daughter.
Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Patrick O'Melia said it was a tragic set of circumstances.
"The only aggravating factor here, and when I say that I don't mean to diminish the loss here, but is the result of this accident," O'Melia said. "That is the only thing that is not in your favor, which is the result of the action and the permanency of it."
Some witnesses testified to Lego's character and pleaded with the judge to not give jail time.
But, Judge O'Melia sentenced Lego to nine months in jail and seven years probation.
"There's a lot of people in the community who have strong feelings about what should happen," O'Melia said. "But the court can't sentence on community anger or community empathy."
Lego must also complete 200 hours of community service, for which Judge O'Melia wants Lego to speak to kids and teens about his experience.
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