TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk's Chris Loehmer Kincaid always wanted to be an author.
But even more, she always wanted to help people in a third world country.
Kincaid want on a mission trip to Kenya in 2006.
There she experienced poverty, widespread disease, and tough living conditions.
"There was this little girl, maybe 8 or 10 years old, this skinny little thing, stark naked, she's got this dirty rag and little bucket, and she's got water in there, and she's trying to wash herself. It's like, oh, it really pulled at my heart because, how can people live like that?" thinks Kincaid.
Even so, Kincaid was surprised to find how happy and grateful people were for their lives.
Seeing how some Kenyans lived changed her outlook.
"They don't realize there's a whole nother world out there. They don't realize what they're even missing. So I think I really brought that home, and I really do appreciate everything more that I have," Kincaid says.
Kincaid started writing about her thoughts and experience in a blog.
Soon after, she started writing a book.
"This is the first book that I've written. I've always wanted to be a writer," she says.
It's called, "A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven".
The book discusses Kincaid's African trip and the inspiration she drew from God for the journey.
RHINELANDER - The City of Rhinelander and Oneida County will consider borrowing $15 million to help develop a manufacturer in Rhinelander, according to an Oneida County Economic Development Corporation release Tuesday.
The money would help Rhinelander Coated Products start work inside the former Printpack building on Kemp Street.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Pilots find very little room for error when they make a landing. Wings, flaps, and landing gear all need to work properly. Then there's the runway itself, which needs to be flat and smooth.
So, when pilots found ruts and divots torn into the grass runway at Boulder Junction's airport, folks were more than upset, they were worried about safe landings. Airfield president Jeff Long thinks someone used a pickup truck to do the damage. It happened right before the airfield's busiest weekend of the year, the Musky Day fly-in.
"To see somebody disregard that, disrespect that, and then again the safety, where somebody could get hurt that we're inviting up here for summer fun, doesn't make you feel very good," Long said.
THREE LAKES - Pollinators play an essential role in the growth of plants, and it's not just bees that help pollinate.
Butterflies, bats, and even mosquitoes are pollinators, but those populations have been in decline in recent years.
"Across the U.S., pollinators have been seeing big declines," said Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas. "We've been hearing more and more about our honeybee pollinations. The monarch populations have had dramatic decreases. So we're seeing it across the board."
MADISON - New state regulations designed to retain teachers are going into effect.
The package was published Tuesday. The provisions allow retired teachers or teachers nearing retirement to apply for a nonrenewable five-year license without submitting a professional development plan. They also increase the time that short-term substitute teachers can serve in the same assignment from 20 days to 45 days.
EAGLE RIVER - Cities across the Northwoods drop tens of thousands of dollars every winter on crack sealing roads. The Eagle River Airport is no different. The airport spent about $25,000 in 2016 patching up its main runway.
Arguably, that runway is even older than most roads people drive on. The runway was last redone in 1971. On a busy day, the 5,000-foot runway hosts upwards of 80 takeoffs and landings. Airport manager Rob Hom showed Newswatch 12 a number of places where the pavement is buckling and cracked. That can lead to dangerous landings for small planes.
"Relative to a car or a truck [a prop-powered airplane is] pretty light relatively speaking, so having a smooth runway is imperative," Hom said.
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