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A Behind the Scenes Look at Being a JailerSubmitted: 04/10/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

A Behind the Scenes Look at Being a Jailer
RHINELANDER - Last month's inmate attack on a corrections officer in Marathon County raised concerns about safety in our county jails. But it also made us curious about the responsibility of looking after inmates.

Jailers don't do their jobs out in the open like patrol officers. The average person might not know what the job entails unless they know a jailer, or spend a lot of time in jail.

Imagine having a job where nobody but your coworkers are happy to see you.

"Nobody really wants to have contact with you. You have inmates who aren't happy to be here, clearly," says Sandra Ladu-Ives, Acting Oneida County Jail Administrator.

Learning not to take it personally is one of the first lessons for a corrections officer.

"There can be a lot of days where morale gets low because of the activities of inmates," says Ladu-Ives.

These Oneida County jailers say keeping inmates in line is just the beginning of their responsibilities. An officer with the county was recently awarded "Jailer of the Year" for stopping three suicides in as many months. They say you can't accomplish that without building a rapport with inmates.

"We have to have a rapport. You can still remain professional and not get too personal, but at the same time have empathy, have some compassion, and be alert to what's going on," says Daniel Huettl, an Oneida County Corrections Officer.

"There's a lot of people coming in here who are at the lowest point of their life. You have to really be keen to their needs," says Ladu-Ives.

Watching out for an inmate's well-being and treating them with dignity, while keeping vigilant every minute for your own safety, can be a fine line to walk. It's something Marathon County was reminded of last month. One of their officers is still in a coma from an attack.

"You can be standing there talking to somebody one minute and the next minute they hear something that you said or maybe that they didn't want to hear. And that can make someone flip a switch," says Ladu-Ives.

"I teach my officers, my trainees, not to be hyper-vigilant. We don't want them jumping around like a cat on a hot tin roof, but we want them to be relaxed but alert," says Huettl.

It's a big task. With a capacity of 209 inmates, there could be as few as six officers on duty. But balancing watching out for, and keeping safe from inmates is something these officers believe in.

"It's a profession. And it's something that you really have to believe in and really have to have a heart for," says Ladu-Ives.

"I think I can speak for everybody here: we try to send people back out into the community in better condition than we found them," says Huettl.



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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 07/24/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

A Vilas County family's 12-hundred pound memorial to a man killed last year disappeared 2 months ago, and now, the family wants anyone with information to come forward. We talk to the widow, the contractor and a deputy about this mystery.

Volunteers will walk the streets of the Northwoods late at night this week looking for homeless people, hoping their count gets people the help they need. We talk to the program facilitator about why homeless people are hard to find in the Northwoods.

And an Eagle River man hasn't missed the EAA in 15 years, and now he has gifted all three of his children with a trip. We talk to him about why the event is important to him.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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EAGLE RIVER - "Just a lot of fun to fly," said Eagle River Union Airport manager Rob Hom.

Hom loves to share his passion for flying with others.
"There's nothing like it in the whole world," said Hom.

Hom has attended the Experimental Aircraft Association "Air Venture" in Oshkosh since 2002.

"It is truly an amazing experience," said Hom.

The EAA is an international organization of aviation enthusiasts with more than 200,000 members.

"What you see is thousands and thousands of airplanes," said Hom.

Hom wanted to share his passion for planes along with the experience of going to the largest plane show in the world.

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GREEN BAY - A police officer from the Green Bay area remains in critical condition after being hit by a car.

Ashwaubenon Officer Brian Murphy underwent surgery for injuries received when he was hit along Interstate 41.

On Saturday night, Murphy was struck by an apparent drunk driver while standing at the scene of a car fire.

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LINCOLN COUNTY - A motorcycle crash near Merrill put a Minnesota man in the hospital.

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MADISON - The first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in a horse this year comes from Clark County.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection says the unvaccinated horse was euthanized.

West Nile is carried by mosquitoes and kills 90 percent of the horses it infects.  Symptoms include depression, appetite loss, drooping eyelids, fever, weakness, or paralysis.

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MINOCQUA - When you think of the Northwoods, you probably never thought you'd put the words, "lake" and "surfing" together.

Erik Quamme is a novice wake surfer, and this is just the third time he's skimmed the waves in Minocqua.

He gotten started thanks to SurfSCONSIN's Mike Scandin and Chad Baker.

"Just appreciate the power the wave has. They don't have to work that hard. It is just that balanced motion," said Scandin.

Nearly every day for the last two summers, Chad drives the boat while Mike coaches.

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Oneida County Fair Starts Aug.3Submitted: 07/24/2017

RHINELANDER - Music, fair food and family fun come together next week for the annual Oneida County Fair.

The fair starts Thursday, Aug. 3 with a procession through Pioneer Park.

The fair goes until Sunday afternoon.

Fair Coordinator Nancy Gehrig says there will be plenty of entertainment for fair-goers.

"Lot of great music. Entertainment every night. Starting Thursday evening. We have entertainment both on two different areas. We have a beverage garden area that we have music on," said Gehrig.

Entertainment highlights include an ABBA tribute band and The Hand-Picked Bluegrass Band on Saturday night complete with a chicken dinner put on by CT's Deli.

Gehrig says this year they're trying something new.

"We have a pallet… a recycling pallet contest. We're looking for people in the area to build new items with the pallets," said Gehrig.

Competitors with the best pallet creations will get gift certificates from local businesses.

The fair will also be hosting the traditional ugly lamp contest as well.

Registration and more information on the fair can be found via the link below. 

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