RHINELANDER - The DNR released their results from the state-wide voting on nearly 100 different issues.
One of the major issues, the question of weather or not to allow trolling state - wide with each angler allowed to have 3 lines...
The question was rejected in overall votes by over 280 votes. However 44 counties approved the measure, compared to 27 rejecting it. Marinette county had a tie.
In the Northwoods, folks in Oneida, Lincoln, and Vilas counties rejected the measure. It was approved in Clark, Taylor, and Langlade counties.
This was considered an advisory vote for the DNR. Now game and wildlife officials will spend time studying the results.
Marisa Silvas takes a look at how the DNR Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings allowed Northwoodsers a chance to get involved in making an impact on rules for hunting and fishing.
Everyone wants their voice to be heard. Luckily in Wisconsin, residents have the chance to speak up in their communities.
The DNR and Conservation Congress annual spring hearings were held on Monday.
SOT - Tim Ebert (DNR Warden) "This is an opportunity for people from all walks of life," says DNR Warden Tim Ebert. "(They come) from all parts of the state to show up in the county of which they life, and let their opinions be known to the department."
All 72 counties in the state debated and voted on hunting and fishing rule changes. Onieda County's meeting brought out about 90 concerned sportsmen.
"There's always some stuff that comes out that maybe you didn't think of before," adds Ryan Jirik of Rhinelander. "So it's neat to sit here and see what's proposed."
Jeremy Holtz (DNR - Wildlife Biologist) "People come to me and say, who made this law? Well, the citizens did," says DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz. "And if you don't participate in the process, you don't get a chance to learn about it,and you don't get a chance to have your voice heard."
There were 99 questions on the ballot. The topic that garnered the most attention, the controversial rule to allow motor trolling statewide. Even though there were varying opinions, everyone was happy to have the chance to express their thoughts.
Future Wisconsin Project wants to bring more workers, manufacturers to Wisconsin
RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group held a seminar at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Tuesday, to plan how to make Wisconsin more attractive to skilled workers and manufacturing businesses.
WMC's president believes the shortage in younger people in the industry has to do with two big misconceptions about manufacturing.
"The younger kids, as do their parents, have a perception on what manufacturing looks like and it's about 40 years out of date. If you're in an advanced manufacturing facility now, it's clean, it's high-tech, the engineers and technicians are working together," said Jim Morgan."We have a perception problem. I think we still have a definition of success that's says unless you have a four-year degree, you're not successful."
Morgan says groups like WMC work to change that perception. He believes workers with a two-year degree are just as successful in the industry.
So far, WMC held seminars at nine other technical colleges. For Rhinelander, more manufacturers could mean more economic independence.
"The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is looking to see how it can help and partner with local manufacturers to make the Rhinelander area a more favorable place for them to locate their businesses, as well as to attract and retain skilled workers to make those businesses successful," said Dana DeMet, Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce director.
Over the next six months, WMC will continue to look for ways to attract more workers and businesses to the state.
In December, it hopes to have 1000 representatives for a meeting in Milwaukee focusing on how manufacturing will benefit the state.
WMC also works with the University of Wisconsin system and the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
MADISON - A bill that would allow Wisconsin schools to extend school days and shorten school years to save money is up for a vote in the Senate this week.
The bill would get rid of the requirement that schools teach for 180 days or lose state funding. Schools are still required to teach the same number of hours under the bill.
Another change under the law allows the state Department of Public Instruction to fund remedial courses and interim school sessions. The package is being viewed as a cost saving measure for districts that have seen state funding decrease in recent years.
Three Democrats joined the bill's Republican sponsors, and DPI and other education groups have voiced strong support for the proposal.
TOMAHAWK - The Tomahawk School District will need to make big budget cuts in the next year. The district will need to cut more than $500,000. Rising transportation costs along with declining enrollments challenge many Northwoods School Districts.
“We have a lot of issues in Northern Wisconsin that many districts in the state of Wisconsin don't have,” says Cheryl Baker, Tomahawk School District Superintendent. “For instance in the Tomahawk School District there's about 425 and I'm rounding that off, square miles of terrain that has to be covered everyday two times a day to pick kids up, to bring them to school, and to take them home.”
“That cost is our cost,” says Baker.
The school district does not plan to cut any electives. Instead they are moving from an 8 to a 7 period day.
“We're moving from an 8 period day to a 7 period day purely for economic reasons,” says Baker. “In other words had we not gone to the 7 period day for next year we would have had to of cut entire classes, electives, and or start cutting down teachers full time positions.”
The school district will also need to cut its full time social worker.
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