RHINELANDER - In some jobs the biggest safety risk you run is a papercut... At the mill where they make paper though, the risks are a bit higher.
The Wausau Paper Mill in Rhinelander runs enormous pieces of machinery, 24 hours a day. It's hot, and it's loud, but it doesn't have to be dangerous. Since implementing a new safety program 3 years ago, injuries at the mill are down dramatically.
"In 2012, the corporation finished their best year with the TIR, total indident rate of 2.0.... That essentially says that in every 100 employes, 1.4 will have an injury at this point in the year," said Paul Winter, Safety Improvement Manager for the company.
With fast moving machinery weighing several tons, and rolls of paper weighing thousands of pounds, there IS potential for life threatening injuries at the mill. But thanks to good safety rules, those are extremely rare.
"With the type of work that we do at Wausau paper, we experience a lot of strain and sprain type injuries. People have to push rolls, move heavy equipment…" says Winter.
Tonight at a meeting of the Northwoods Manufacturers Alliance, Wausau Paper shared some of their tips for safety success with other industry professionals.
RHINELANDER - After the vendors closed up at the end of the first Hodag Farmers Market of the season, several people stayed behind to honor the man who started the market.
That's Douglas Jacobson, and he died last October.
His son, Jonathan Jacobson, said Douglas Jacobson was a big part of the Rhinelander communityâ€"serving as Lions Club president, being part of many clubs and being a landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service.
The Jacobson family and Rhinelander city leaders worked to dedicate a bench in his honor in Pioneer Park. That bench went up on Saturday, just off the road that leads into the park.
"He was a pioneer in helping to establish the Hodag Farmers Market many years ago. And from those humble beginnings, the market vendors, the patrons that arrive here, the citizens of Rhinelander, and those in the community have a wonderful place to come to get fresh, home grown, locally grown vegetables," Jonathan Jacobson said. "It was a great event. It was really nice to have everybody stop out and pay attention to what my dad's been doing and acknowledge all the effort he put into the farmers market for many years. And not only that, dad was a great citizen here in the Rhinelander community."
ANTIGO - For the first time since 2013, deer hunters in Langlade and Price counties will be able to target does with an antlerless deer tag in hand.
This week, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board approved the fall hunt plans submitted by County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) all over the state. Langlade and Price counties had had bucks-only harvests in each of the last two deer seasons. But in 2016, some hunters will get antlerless tags as well.
RHINELANDER - You'll likely find some slow-moving guests on the road this weekend. Turtles start laying their eggs in late May and continue through mid-June. But, because of where they like to lay those eggs, it's a dangerous time for the reptiles.
Wild Instincts Rehab Center in Rhinelander treats at least 30 injured turtles each summer. Painted and snapping turtles are most common in the Northwoods. They tend to lay their eggs along roadsides, driveways, and in places with soft sand.
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