ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - A wintery start to Easter weekend.
Mother nature reminded us just how volitale she can be.
Roads were slippery this morning across the Northwoods.
From Crandon to Minocqua, cars spun off the roads.
There were numerous accidents on highway 47.
We caught up with a tow truck driver helping someone out of a ditch.
"A lot of winch outs, a lot of people sliding off the roads," said Custom Collision Tow Truch Driver, Ray Lapuma.
"I know it's easter, everybody is rushing to get to their families, but you have to slow it down or they won't make it to their families."
The Rhinelander police department says people should realize that if you're slipping on the side walks, then the roads are slippery as well.
"When you approach the stop sign be sure to give yourself extra space. Test the roads a little bit to make sure you're not going to be slipping and sliding through the intersection," Rhinelander Police Sergeant Kurt Helke said.
"Give yourself ample time when you're leaving for an appointment or if you're going somewhere be sure to give yourself enough time that you're going to need to drive a little bit slower."
Big bucks to expand nutrition, physical education in Wisconsin schools
WISCONSIN - Seven Wisconsin school districts have been awarded a total of $3.2 million in federal grants to help them expand their nutrition and physical-education programs.
To qualify, the districts have to implement programs that teach students healthy eating habits and good nutrition. They also have to make sure kids have access to certain physical fitness activities, which could include fitness assessments or developing certain team skills.
The largest grant is going to the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, which will receive about $850,000. The Mukwonago Area School District and Pittsville School District will each get about $445,000.
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WISCONSIN - Six out of ten people with Alzheimers and dementia will wander off at some point.
That puts them at risk for injury or even death. And not all of those people are found quickly enough.
That's why Governor Scott Walker recently signed a bill that will help find them quicker.
The Wisconsin Silver Alert bill will create a program that works like an Amber Alert for missing children.
An effective alert system is crucial to the Northwoods because of the growing aging population and severe winter weather.
For advocacy groups like the Alzheimer's Association, the new bill is a huge victory.
"Family caregivers of people who have Alzheimers, or another type of dementia are worried and concerned about whether or not their loved one might wander away from home," said Julie St. Pierre, an outreach specialist for the Alzheimer's Association in Rhinelander. "It's very important that those caregivers out there know that there are important resources that can help keep their loved ones safe in the home. The Silver Alert is certainly now a part of that safety net that we have in place."
The Alzheimer's Association was just one group that worked closely with the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network to get this bill passed.
A coordinator for the network believes this system will save lives.
"This bill really advances [us] one step forward in addressing the needs of an aging population. And that's extremely important in the Northwestern part of Wisconsin," said Joe Libowsky, coordinator for the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. "In the Rhinelander area, where you have fairly severe weather, it makes the urgency of getting out the alert as quickly as possible even more important."
The alert system will heavily involve all 500 law enforcement agencies in the state to respond to at-risk adults who are reported missing.
Wisconsin joins 30 other states with a silver alert system.
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