RHINELANDER - Yesterday, you might have had to go without email, Facebook, and even worse -- wjfw.com!
That's because a Frontier Communications fiber optic line was cut.
It happened in Merrill, where a Wisconsin Public Service crew was working.
The outage affected around 8,000 people. For most of us, it was just an annoyance.
But what about vital services, like police, fire and ambulance?
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office normally relies on Frontier.
IT Services Director Lynn Grube says the outage caused a few problems.
Police couldn't communicate with the sheriff's office software. Instead, they had to do manual data entry.
Deputies had to use their radios to talk to dispatch, and dispatch had to run license checks through Lincoln County.
"Inconvenient for sure. But these guys are professionals, they have these procedures in place," Grube said. "So that kind of ensures safety, knowing there's a fall back in place in case there's a malfunction like this."
The outage caused problems for other county departments, too. But Grube says law enforcement had the most trouble.
"Always, because of safety, we want to make sure they have the tools they need to do their job," Grube said. "So they're always our primary concern whenever there's a computer malfunction. So were they impacted the most? I would say yes, because they use a lot of computers in their day-to-day work."
Grube says this is the third internet outage she's experienced in her 23 years with the county.
Service to the sheriff's department went down around 11:30 a.m., and was back up by 6:30 p.m.
TOMAHAWK - A Tomahawk man turns his love for logging into woodworking hobby and business.
Wesley Bushor shows and sells woodwork out of his home.
"I don't consider myself an artist. I'm just, I'm a logger who likes to glue sticks together," said Bushor.
Wesley Bushor started working on his wood pieces about 20 years ago.
"Being a logger I come across things all the time that I like in the woods, and I decided I'd start building some basic rustic furniture, and I built a bed. A few weeks later it fell apart, but I was hooked from then on," said Bushor.
Bushor's house is his gallery, and you can find his work in every room. The result: a whimsical home that showcases his love for his hobby and trade. He's proud of the work he's done.
WOOD COUNTY - The Wood County 911 system is having intermittent outages and other issues, according to the Wood County Dispatch Center page on the Wood County website. If you can not get through on 911 dial (715)421-8701. According to the website, a fiber optic cable has been cut, and it may take several hours to get it up and running. See the link below to the dispatch center webpage.
MINOCQUA - Getting a license to become a fishing guide in Wisconsin doesn't take much effort. Applicants fill out a one-page form and send a check to the DNR.
One local guide thinks the process should include steps to ensure safety on the water. Minocqua-area fishing guide Greg Bohn wants guides to be trained in safety procedures.
"You pay a $40 fee for the license, and you're a Wisconsin Licensed Fishing Guide. It doesn't mean that you're protecting yourself. It doesn't mean that you're protecting your passengers for hire," Bohn said.
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