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.
MERRILL - The school bells rang Tuesday morning for students across Wisconsin.
Another school year has begun with kids looking forward to a new year.
It also means that drivers should be on the lookout around schools.
In Merrill, police keep a close watch around school zones the first few weeks of class.
Speed limits drop dramatically as drivers enter school zones.
Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff says it's important to be especially observant this time of year.
"Especially the first week or two of school because kids are excited, and maybe not so excited, about getting back to school," Neff said. "They're thinking about their friends and maybe not paying attention to traffic."
RHINELANDER - We'll enjoy great weather this week, but we know it won't last too long. Workers at golf courses across the area know that incoming fall weather spells the end of their season, so they're trying to capitalize on the next few weeks of warm forecasts.
NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
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