RHINELANDER - The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest just finished a project with the National Guard that's the first of its kind.
The partnership gets some long needed projects done on National Forest property, and in turn give the battalion training they needed.
Suzanne Flory from the U.S. Forest Service says there's a lot more to the National Forests than the land they look after. There's a lot of infrastructure with major maintenance needs.
"Being efficient and finding different ways to do business is really beneficial because there's always work that needs to be done. So by tapping into something like this agreement with the National Guard we can make sure things are safe for the public and our employees and, once again, the benefit to the National Guard is they get the training they need," says Flory.
The National Guard members on this project were from an engineering battalion. They'll use these skills in Afghanistan in 2014.
Chequamegon-Nicolet is already working on teaming up with the National Guard again next year.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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