WOODRUFF - We'll have to wait a while longer to see if Ministry Medical might be able to move forward with its new helipad in Woodruff.
The Woodruff town board and Oneida County Zoning Committee viewed the new location of the Helipad along with a demonstration yesterday.
The new location is right across the street from the emergency room on Pine Street and Third Avenue.
Moving the pad there would cut down on time to get the patients into the emergency room.
"As you can see the emergency department is literally a couple of hundred feet away as opposed from the old site which was much farther and therefore when we are transferring critical patients literally every minute counts," Ministry Director of Emergency Services Dr. Roderick Brodhead said.
The old location is a quarter of a mile from the new one.
Neighbors say they're not actually against the new location for the helipad, but they want the Oneida County Zoning Committee to be fair with the neighbors who will be affected by it.
"I'm all for the helicopter and emergency services and time saving, but I don't think that a couple of people who are in this unfortunate situation should have to disproportionately bear the cost of the helicopter going in," resident Todd Albano said. "I think that that's something zoning laws were made to protect us from and that should be a shared expense among everybody."
The Oneida County Zoning Committee has the final say on whether that will be the new location. They will set a decision date Wednesday.
RHINELANDER - It won't be much longer before the Hodag water show gears up for the summer, but right now they need to make repairs to their building. Rod Olson says it may cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to make repairs to the building. To watch the video click on the video link.
RHINELANDER - There was no severe weather Thursday, but sirens across the Northwoods were blaring at about 1:45 pm on Thursday.
That's because the National Weather Service held a statewide tornado drill.
It was part of their severe weather awareness week, and Oneida County took part in the drill.
"The sirens are only set off for warnings, in the city of Rhinelander, it's only going to be a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that is affecting the city area," said Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof. "It's also going to be set off for a Tornado Warning affecting the area."
ACROSS THE U.S. - A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would expand regulation on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, not regulated already by the agency.
The proposal, which was released Thursday, would regulate hookahs, nicotine gels, cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA currently only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking. Medical experts donít know the full health impact of e-cigarettes yet. Leaders at the FDA want to get ahead of the trend.
The proposal would make e-cigarette producers register their products and show their ingredients to the agency.
MADISON - The start of a new short-term loan program that wasn't slated to begin until July has been moved up in an effort to help businesses hurt by recent cutbacks at Oshkosh Corp.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state's chief jobs agency, voted this week to start the pilot program earlier. It will provide loans or loan guarantees of up to $250,000 to companies for projects or expenses that may not be eligible for traditional financing.
The board says it was starting the program earlier in light of news that Oshkosh was cutting 760 jobs from its defense division because of budget cuts being made by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The loan program this year will only target businesses in Oshkosh Corp.'s supply chain
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