RHINELANDER - We met Oneida County's new permanent jail administrator today. The appointment came after long-time jail administrator Kaye Juel passed away in February.
Sheriff Grady Hartman welcomed Sandra La Du-Ives to the post today. La Du-Ives started filling in as jail admin. in February. She was the assistant jail admin. for the past nine years. She brings 14 years of experience in corrections to the job, as well as mentorship from Juel.
La Du-Ives already has ideas for improvements to the Oneida County Jail. She wants the public to know they're working for them.
"We get up and we put on our badges and we come to work every single day with pride. And we want to really work for the citizens of Oneida County, and the state of Wisconsin and do our very best to put a positive spin on things that are generally negative," says La Du-Ives.
Two others were also promoted today. Deputy Nate Ouimette is now a patrol sergeant.
Ken Kortenhof was head of Oneida County's Emergency Management. But now that it's merged with the Sheriff's Office, Kortenhof is now the Support Services Director and Emergency Management Director.
MERRILL - The school bells rang Tuesday morning for students across Wisconsin.
Another school year has begun with kids looking forward to a new year.
It also means that drivers should be on the lookout around schools.
In Merrill, police keep a close watch around school zones the first few weeks of class.
Speed limits drop dramatically as drivers enter school zones.
Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff says it's important to be especially observant this time of year.
"Especially the first week or two of school because kids are excited, and maybe not so excited, about getting back to school," Neff said. "They're thinking about their friends and maybe not paying attention to traffic."
NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
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