WAUSAU - You can find out all sorts of things on Facebook.
Who's single, who had a good bracket, what your coworker had for breakfast.
But now you can get information that might help you avoid a traffic jam or even keep you safe.
The Wausau Fire Department is on Facebook.
Office Assistant Mindy Walker started posting regularly on Facebook and Twitter in March.
"The idea was to get safety information out to our residents," Walker said. "Let them know if there were any road closures or fires in an area, for them to plan accordingly and travel around that area."
Before, the department had been limited to the local newspaper for notifications.
But social media is faster and more flexible.
"Everyone seems to be going more towards the technology," Walker said. "We're reaching a lot more people this way and they're sharing it with their friends."
Walker also used the pages to recruit new firefighters.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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