TOMAHAWK - Finding good broadband service can be difficult in the Northwoods. But a series of workshops opens the discussion on how to improve that service.
The 6th annual Northwoods Research Summit was held today in Tomahawk. The summit focus was "Broadband: A Look Into the Future".
"We wouldn't be a very good economy without roads, and airports, and water, and electricity, and all of those things. And in the 21st century, we need good broadband coverage," says Joe Hegge, Event Coordinator.
The summit stressed the importance of having fast, reliable broadband service. Workshops were hosted on how to improve broadband in the Northwoods.
"We brought in a number of experts that can speak to local perspective, statewide perspective, and even the national perspective," says Joe Hegge.
Anyone was welcome to the workshops. And many found them valuable.
"The experience that's here at this conference, gives us some confidence that at least the things that we're considering have been tried elsewhere. We know what worked and didn't work, what kinds of things are expensive and affordable, and then we can use those options to piece together a matrix that will work," says Bob Martini, Oneida County Supervisor.
The summit was hosted by Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation with nearly 60 people in attendance.
PARK FALLS - Many families began their Thanksgiving Day with a run this morning. Topping off the holiday with a "trot" around town may not appeal to everyone, but for these families it was a way to spend time with one another.
"Trot now so we can pie later," said Steph Schultz, a runner in the Park Falls Turkey Trot.
Families used the Turkey Trot 5K in Park Falls as a way to bond.
MERRILL - Most people enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with family. But the Merrill firefighters spend their Thanksgiving at the station with their second family, their coworkers. Community members stepped in to make sure the firefighters still had a special Thanksgiving while they were working.
It might be Thanksgiving, but for the Merrill Fire Department, it's just another day
But it is a day with more turkey, stuffing, and pies.
"We had a couple of community organizations that dropped off meals for us which we're definitely grateful for," said firefighter and paramedic Bryson Cruise.
The job doesn't stop for firefighters and Thanksgiving is no exception.
So Park City Credit Union and Hands of Hope wanted to thank the firefighters for their service with a home cooked Thanksgiving meal.
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