PRENTICE - A new location for a company is boosting business and the economy in a small Price County village.
The G.A. Miller Company sells parts for farmers, truckers and loggers. Now, they won’t have to travel long distances to get the parts they need.
The company opened a newer and larger facility along Highway 13.
Owners Kristin and Bill Reukauf wanted to be closer to their Northwoods customers, giving them the chance to keep jobs in their community.
“I feel it's impacted Prentice by being able to keep our talent local and in the area,” says Kristin Reukauf. “A lot of times, people will move out of the area for different jobs. We like to keep people local so that we can support our community and keep them here.”
G.A. Miller opened the doors to their new facility four months ago.
Jerry Morrow, an employee for the hydraulics company, helps to build the hoses for the truckers.
The company’s 8,000-part inventory makes the process easier.
“Not too many people realize that right here in Prentice we can take care of anything a person would need in the area of hydraulics-fittings, hoses,” says Morrow. “We can build them while they wait. We have a large inventory so it's not necessary to drive a long ways away to get your hoses repaired.”
Right now, the company has eight employees but they’re hoping to add more.
MADISON - An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.
Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor, says in an email that Walker's office notified Taylor's office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday.
Taylor, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, developed the legislation in response to three high-profile deaths in the last 10 years. None of those incidents resulted in criminal charges.
Supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force. But police observers say the bill could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done the investigations themselves.
The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People from all over the Northwoods celebrated Earth Day today. Students at Lac du Flambeau school participated in a natural resources fair today.
Classes, groups and individual students submitted projects to be judged. By doing the projects they learned the importance of Earth Day.
“Polluting could harm the earth and if that harms the earth later on we won't have a better earth to do stuff on like camping, or fishing, hiking and taking walks,” says Sky Risingsun, a Lac du Flambeau student.
35 projects were judged in the science competition. Each student was given a white spruce seed to take home and plant in their own yard.
“It's a white spruce which is a native tree to this area,” says Bryan Hoover, Lac du Flambeau Energy and Air Quality Coordinator. “We've got almost 500 of them and every student is going to take one home so that they can pick a spot in their yard to plant the new tree and watch that tree grow as it matures.”
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