RHINELANDER - A brave group of people welcomed spring by jumping into Boom Lake Saturday to raise money for local organizations.
This is the 5th year the Hodag Water Ski Team has organized the event. As always, they picked two local organizations to benefit from the money raised.
"Every year we like to team up with another non-profit group or charity in the area. This year we decided to team up with Go to Bat for Easton Senoraske, who has Leukemia, and the Leanna Kossack Sarcoma Foundation," says AJ Jefcik, from Hodag Water Shows.
The event keeps growing every year. Saturday they had 41 jumpers-- an all time high.
"We're a community based group that likes to help out other members of the community. This is just our part," says Jefcik.
The Spring Chill Thrill raised more than $3,800 Saturday.
The Newbold Fire Department, provided a watchful eye in the water, and the Rhinelander Fire Department was there for medical support.
PHILLIPS - About seven years ago, a driver killed a pedestrian walking across Lake Avenue, the main street in downtown Phillips. It was dark and misty that night, and the walker was trying to cross in the middle of a block.
But pedestrians are often at risk in Northwoods downtowns, even on sunny days, and even when they're using crosswalks.
MERRILL - The school bells rang Tuesday morning for students across Wisconsin.
Another school year has begun with kids looking forward to a new year.
It also means that drivers should be on the lookout around schools.
In Merrill, police keep a close watch around school zones the first few weeks of class.
Speed limits drop dramatically as drivers enter school zones.
Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff says it's important to be especially observant this time of year.
"Especially the first week or two of school because kids are excited, and maybe not so excited, about getting back to school," Neff said. "They're thinking about their friends and maybe not paying attention to traffic."
NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
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