RHINELANDER - Northwoods seniors can rest easy if they take advantage of the SeniorCare prescription drug plan.
That's because a waiver to continue SeniorCare was approved by the federal government Thursday.
The state's SeniorCare program was started earlier than the federal Medicare Part D.
In many cases, it's more popular.
"Many people said, 'can't we still keep what Wisconsin started?' SeniorCare is unique to Wisconsin, and like a lot of programs Wisconsin offers - Wisconsin's a good place to grow old," says Dianne Jacobson, the director of the Oneida County Department on Aging.
SeniorCare was in danger of expiring at the end of the year if not renewed by the federal government.
While it's a cost effective option, it's also easy to enroll.
"It's very simple. It can be done with just a couple of sheets of paper, and it's very user-friendly. That was the other thing that makes SeniorCare popular - it's an easy program to understand for a lot of people," says Jacobson.
Once in the program, seniors pay just $30 per year plus copays of $5 to $15 dollars.
With Thursday's renewal, SeniorCare will remain an option for people in Wisconsin until at least 2015.
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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