SAYNER - 55-year-old Sandra Schinke's disappearance is rattling residents as rescue crews search surrounding areas looking for her.
"I am in just total shock about this. I can't believe in a small town all of a sudden we're having all these things happen. It's just unbelievable," said Jan Heeran who works in St. Germain.
Since Saturday, the Vilas County Sheriff's Department along with rescue teams from surrounding communities and other states, have been scouring wooded areas around the Schinke's home but so far there has been so sign of Sandra.
"There's nothing amiss she's just vanished. She's gone." said Sandra's Husband Jim Schinke.
This is the first time since his wife disappeared, Jim has spoken on-camera to the media.
He said he was in North Dakota on business when she vanished.
Jim said he is a construction electrician and he frequently travels out there.
But when he's gone, not a day went by where the two don't speak.
"Every day at 6pm we have a special time when we talkÖon Thursday she was not available. She did not answer her phone. I always told her if I couldn't get a hold of her for two days I was coming home," said Jim.
When he didn't hear from Sandra he called the Sheriff's Department.
Jim described that call saying, "While talking to the Sheriff's Department, I asked them to come over just to check on her. I told them what vehicle she had. It was in the garage. They knocked on the door and there was no answer."
Sandra was last seen Thursday walking along County Hwy N. An area where Jim said she was frequently.
"She always takes her phone That's why this is so odd. Her phone is here. Her house keys were in the house. Her wallet was in the house, all of her IDs. It doesn't make any sense," said Jim.
The couple have been married for 14 years and he says she's never left home before and has no history of memory loss or mental health.
The Vilas County Sheriff's Department says no items such as clothes or jewelry were missing from their home to suggest she left.
Jim and other family members have passed out flyers to local businesses and residents hoping to spread the word but for now all they can do is wait.
The family said they hope to hold a Support Vigil in Sayner on Saturday afternoon. We'll have details on this as it becomes available.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Railroads give businesses a chance to move loads of material for a low cost. Loggers could use rail as an alternative to trucking material, but many businesses donít get that opportunity in the Northwoods anymore.
Canadian National bought rail in the Northwoods about a decade ago. They have cut back service drastically since then.
Some counties haven't seen train travel in years, which hurts business. Now, those businesses want to reestablish rail service.
In response, a group of counties in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan formed the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
MADISON - The start of a new short-term loan program that wasn't slated to begin until July has been moved up in an effort to help businesses hurt by recent cutbacks at Oshkosh Corp.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state's chief jobs agency, voted this week to start the pilot program earlier. It will provide loans or loan guarantees of up to $250,000 to companies for projects or expenses that may not be eligible for traditional financing.
The board says it was starting the program earlier in light of news that Oshkosh was cutting 760 jobs from its defense division because of budget cuts being made by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The loan program this year will only target businesses in Oshkosh Corp.'s supply chain
ACROSS THE U.S. - A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would expand regulation on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, not regulated already by the agency.
The proposal, which was released Thursday, would regulate hookahs, nicotine gels, cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA currently only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking. Medical experts donít know the full health impact of e-cigarettes yet. Leaders at the FDA want to get ahead of the trend.
The proposal would make e-cigarette producers register their products and show their ingredients to the agency.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Drug addicts can look nearly everywhere to get their fix, and sometimes they can get that by raiding their family's medicine cabinet.
That's why Lac du Flambeau police gave a drug presentation at an event for the elderly Thursday.
Police leaders wanted to show seniors what could happen if they didn't keep track of their medications.
"A lot of times the elderly and older population can be victims from this. As the younger children, grandchildren, things like that are you know coming in and taking their grandparents prescription drugs," says Sarah Keuer, a nurse at Peter Christensen Health Center.
Police believe they made the right choice handling a report of gunmen near a high school in Wausau Tuesday night.
They found out the gunmen were actually six kids playing a game with toy Nerf guns.
Police eventually ended up giving the high school seniors disorderly conduct tickets.
Some people thought the tickets were excessive, but in a press release in released Thursday by the Wausau Police Department said they "believed there was a serious, potentially life threatening situation".
Someone called the Wausau police around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The person said there were people pointing guns at other people in a car.
Police say they handled the situation different than a traffic stop because of the seriousness of the call.
After police got all the seniors out of the car, they saw the nerf guns.
The teens got the disorderly conduct citations because police say they caused a disruption in the neighborhood.
Leaders at Wausau West High School said in a statement that there's "potential in a game like this for negative consequences."
Some of the students have also been placed on athletic probation.
Six kids got tickets after a battle using toy Nerf guns in Wausau.
Police issued disorderly conduct citations to the high school seniors.
Some residents of Wausau called police when they saw the young people pointing a gun at a car Tuesday night.
But, it was only a toy Nerf gun that shoots foam bullets.
Wausau West High School officials have also placed some students on athletic probation.
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