RHINELANDER - You can shop for just about anything online these days. Now, that include a Northwoods auction house's inventory.
Laska Auctions and Real Estate has now made complete auctions available online. It was an important transition to the owners.
"You can reach hundreds of buyers. Where by doing a garage sale or yard sale you may reach a few dozen," says Pat Laska, Co-owner of Laska Auctions & Real Estate.
While the wider audience is focused within a forty-mile radius, people from much further away can be reached online. The company would ship the products to people who live further away. The owners said they weren't the only ones who wanted to expand online.
"We had a lot of feedback from live auctions that it was really appealing to people to spend as little time there as possible," says Andrew Laska, Co-owner of Laska Auctions & Real Estate.
Now customers can have the opportunity to take their time bidding on items. Online auctions can last for a week. For more information and to view live auctions now visit the link to their website.
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.
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."
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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