MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker says he is developing a new way to measure Wisconsin's employment needs.
Walker has complained about the accuracy of monthly unemployment data based on a survey of about 3.5 percent of Wisconsin businesses. The more accurate data, based on a census of nearly all Wisconsin businesses, comes quarterly and has a six month lag.
Walker said Tuesday that gap makes it difficult to use those numbers for making quick responses to the state's employment needs. He says he is moving forward with a real-time labor management system so the state can react to job needs better.
Walker previously mentioned the idea in his State of the State speech.
Walker promised in 2010 to create 250,000 private sector jobs over four years. He's far from meeting that pledge.
MINOCQUA - We all enjoy ice cream but many of us don't get to experience it as part of a science experiment.
It’s the day before winter break at Lakeland Union High School.
“This is a really exciting day,” said 11th grade LUHS student Thomas Austin.
Inside Mr. Katz’s Science class students are in for a big treat.
“This has been sitting here for about a week and we’re just counting down the days till we get to do this,” said 11th grade LUHS student Frank Wildcat.
Today Mr. Katz’s 11th grade students will make homemade ice cream, using liquid nitrogen at negative 320 degrees.
“Which is super super, super cold, you can see the steam coming over the sides that’s super cold too so the kids always put their hands in it or put their feet under it into that steam coming off, and it’s just a lot of fun it’s just really cold,” said LUHS Science teacher John Katz.
“It was like any normal ice cream but it looked like mashed potatoes,” said LUHS 11th grader Thomas Austin.
But it didn’t taste like mashed potatoes.
“It was best ice cream I’ve had…like ever,” said Austin.
“It’s just really really tasty stuff, and I wanted to bring that to LUHS when I came and the kids seem to enjoy it just as much as I have,” said Katz. “It’s awesome,” said Katz.
It’s a tradition science teacher John Katz has carried on for 4 years.
“Anytime you can incorporate food into a scientific experiment or a demonstration kids are going to be all over that. So they think it’s pretty cool no pun intended,” said Katz.
The students think Mr. Katz is a pretty cool teacher.
“He’s passionate about what he does he likes to teach kids, he’s fun like you know when you go into his class you want to learn you want to pay attention,” said Wildcat.
EAGLE RIVER - The Vilas County Humane Society director says the dog's injuries were severe.
The injuries could have been avoided by a inexpensive collar around the dog's neck. Instead, the dog suffered his injuries from an makeshift collar that became embedded in his skin.
Jennifer Primich is the director of the Vilas County Humane Society. She says it was the worst abuse she's seen in 16 years.
"In this case it was somebody's homemade collar possibly. Not sure the reasoning, but there was duct tape, electrical tape and either a rope or gauze like substance that was all embedded in his neck," said Jennifer Primich, the humane society director. "That's been like for that quite a while because the infection, this puss, the skin growing through and trying to heal, it was pretty deep."
The dog was treated at the Eagle River Animal Hospital for his injuries. Veterinarians has to sedate the dog to repair the gash that left three inches of his skin bare.
The humane society says people should think carefully before adopting an animal.
"Please think about it, it's a lifetime commitment. You have to remember all [this animal] has is you. You're responsible for it, for life," said Primich. "If you cannot take care of it, nobody frowns upon you if your lifestyle changes or anything, but don't get them for selfish reasons to make yourself feel better. They rely on you. They have nothing else in this life and they didn't get to choose their owner."
The Vilas County Humane Society says it's still looking for a name for the ten month old puppy.
You can visit their Facebook page to make a name suggestion.
No word yet if this will be an animal cruelty case.
EAGLE RIVER - This year's early snow has made it easier for resorts to stay busy.
So far, the Wild Eagle Lodge in Eagle River has seen a 40 percent increase in visitors compared to this time last year.
Late snowfall last year hurt business.
Tammy Schmidt is the Wild Eagle Lodge Assistant Resort Manager.
"Without the snowfall last year it was extremely difficult. The trails were in poor condition, luckily this year, the snow mobile trails are in great condition and the Snow Eagles do a fantastic job of grooming the trails and keeping them in fantastic shape," said Schmidt.
Wild Eagle Lodge still has rooms available, but the increase is good for business.
The snow offers visitors a lot more to do.
"That's why people come up to the Northwoods. And with this kind of weather, everything is going really well," said Schmidt. "Ice fishing has been fantastic, snowshoeing, cross-country skiers are out there, and again the snow mobile trails are in great condition. So, we are very happy to have snow this year."
The Wild Eagle Lodge also has an ice skating rink for its guests.
Managers say the cold temperatures have kept visitors excited about being outdoors.
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