ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Trying to figure out what winter will throw at us each year can be a tough job, but that's just what the County Highway Commissions try to do. Northwoods counties are running low on salt and sand supplies as winter slowly turns into spring.
Jerry Jagmin is the Lincoln County Highway Commissioner. He says the long winter has been hard on their supplies, employees, and budget. Jagmin already plans to cut some paving projects this summer to balance the budget.
The big concern is whether or not more supplies need to be ordered for early snows in Fall. Other counties feeling the pinch are Vilas County and Langlade County. Langlade had to order more salt and sand for the first time in 5 years.
Oneida and Iron Counties are still doing well, but their supplies are lower than usual for this time of year.
PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened his own school. It's the only violin making school in Wisconsin.
"The program itself is modeled after a German school of violin making," said New World School of Violin Making Owner Brian Derber. "Students have to fulfill a certain requirement before they can apply to graduate. So the minimum time they are with me is three years."
Students start out by making the body of a violin in their first year. As they progress, they add the scroll and varnish, which can take months for students to finish. Nearing the end of their stay, they can even try to make a cello.
"In the time that I have with students in the school here, I can only give them so much, and then it's time for them to go someplace else and get more knowledge," said Derber.
VILAS COUNTY - Voters can still cast their absentee ballots in person this week for the upcoming April 7 election. Voters have until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3 to go to their municipal clerk's office to vote.
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