ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - It might be hard to believe that snow could be falling in a matter of weeks, but luckily our roads will be ready.
Winter brings headaches like these, but the Oneida County Highway Department says it is ready for a normal winter with sand and salt amounts.
"We actually upped that total from last year because as you know, last year was an extremely long winter. It stretched out into the third week off April. We did run short on sand and had to produce more. So what we did this year is we produced more in the beginning," says Freeman Bennett, Oneida County Highway Commissioner.
The Highway Department continues to mix and distribute sand and salt to its stations. They are also busy filling pot holes and raising shoulders.
Oneida County is ready financially for winter. This is something Lincoln County has struggled with in the past. They ran out of money last spring. Lincoln County says they are ready for this year after cutting some summer roadwork projects.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously approved an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison by 2021 and replace it with smaller regional facilities.
The Senate voted without any debate Tuesday to pass the plan, which largely mirrors what the Assembly unanimously approved last month.
RHINELANDER - Looking back on his 28 years as airport director, Joe Brauer says he has a lot to be proud of.
"When we got the disabled passenger lift, the non-motorized one, we were very, very proud of that," said Brauer, who's worked as the airport director for 28 years. He's also been in the airline business for 20 years.
Now, the longtime Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director will be passing things off to a familiar face.
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