ONEIDA COUNTY - A local organization wants to know why young people move to the Northwoods.
They also want to know why young people stay.
Oneida County U-W Extension partnered with the Rhinelander Young Professionals to find out how people feel about living in the Northwoods.
The organization sent out a web based survey last month.
They asked more than 300 people between the ages of 19 and 25 why they're here.
"A lot of young people have left. We know the number of people between the ages of 19 and 24 has decreased by about 25 percent in the last decade," said UW Extension Community Resource Development Agent, Tim Brown.
"But that means a whole lot of them have stayed here. There's a lot of people who choose to live in this area when they could be moving elsewhere."
They're not sure if the survey will actually help bring in more younger people.
But they do think it will help city officials understand what young people like about the Rhinelander area.
"Help them understand the kind of resources young people are looking for. Whether that's restaurants, shopping, educational opportunities, economic opportunities, chances to get outdoors," Brown said.
"We want to know what it is young people care about."
They would also like to hear back from people older than 25.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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