RHINELANDER - Take a look at the School District of Rhinelander's 2013 budget, and you'll see a $3 million dollar hole.
Last month, families asked the district not to make any cuts in education to fix that hole.
So tonight, the board decided what it will have to ask in return: $4 million per year for the next three years.
The board voted unanimously for the three year option.
It had also considered a no-year-limit referendum, or a five-year referendum.
Board treasurer Mike Roberts said the three-year option seemed more popular among voters.
"The most important thing is that we pass this referendum," he said. "With the feedback that we were getting, it's important to pass it, and it sounded like a three-year referendum was more palatable to the people in the community that we talked to."
If the referendum fails, the district would have to cut charter schools, plus some activities and electives.
The district's budget information is linked below.
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.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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