MERRILL - It might seem like an odd time to think about swimming pools.
But a commission in Merrill is taking steps now to get a new pool.
The city needs to pick a new pool location.
The pool in Stange Park closed after the summer of 2012.
A new public pool could cost three to four million dollars.
They've narrowed the potential sites down to two options.
"After that park and rec commission meeting, earlier this month, they asked that I come back with prices to compare the Merrill Area Recreation Complex site with the Stange Park site where the pool is currently located," said Merrill's Parks and Recreation director, Dan Wendorf.
"So that we can try to narrow down."
Wendorf encourages the public to come out and voice their opinions at the next meeting.
"This is a decision we're trying to make with public input because his is for the public," Wendorf said.
"We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to voice their opinion, share their thoughts and ideas. Together with that, it will help us make as good of decision as we can for the entire community."
They don't know how much it will cost, but they hope to have estimates ready for the December or January Parks and Recreation meeting.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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