MINOCQUA - The Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut made plenty of parents uneasy sending their children to school, but even before the tragedy, one Northwoods high school has improved their security system.
Lakeland Union High School has had a security system since the late 1990's.
They changed their system after the Columbine Shooting.
After the latest at Sandy Hook, Principal Jim Bouche wanted to have police check their system again.
"We had some things that were coming down the tube that we are going to practice here this year before sandy hook took place, but now definitely because of that occurring, we're doing again another gut check." said Bouche.
In the past two years, they've changed their cameras from analog to digital.
Bouche says they try to make sure security is up to date to prevent a tragedy from ever happening here.
"We've always tried to keep our communications with all of our first responders open all the time. And again it's always a gut check," Bouche said.
"When something happens at a school in our country you wanna take a look. Ok what did they do? Did they do it right? Did we have things in place? Are we doing it right?"
Fire drills and lockdowns will be scheduled in the next couple of months.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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