RHINELANDER - Starting tomorrow, libraries across the Northwoods will take a giant technological leap forward.
Sahara, the new search engine will go in library's card catalogs north of Wausau.
Ed Hughes, Rhinelander District Library Director, is thrilled for the change.
"We're moving to a new online catalog and it's a lot of work behind the scenes and my staff, but the public won't see that big of a change in fact the
changes that they will see will mostly be for the better. They'll be able to find things easier, it'll be a much better system that we have currently. It looks like it's a simple change but it's not. It's a lot of hard work behind the scenes."
Hard work, but Hughes says its about time, considering the old system was 5 to 6 years old.
"I've worked with this company's innovative interfaces before in another library and they're very good. They're considered the Cadillac of all library systems. We're looking forward to it."
Hughes was quick to compare the new program to software similar to Amazon.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
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