RHINELANDER - Leaders at the Rhinelander School District hope a new clinic will keep teachers and the districts bottom line healthier.
The school held a ribbon cutting Tuesday afternoon at the new clinic.
School leaders say the clinic will help the district's health costs.
Marta Kwiatkowski, Director of Business Services, says that will save taxpayers money.
"This will be a great service to our employees," Kwiatkowski said. "It will help save the district money but ultimately its going to keep our employees in school and decrease the absenteeism."
The center is only open to staff and families covered under the district's health plan.
Kwiatkowski says the district spends about $5 million in health care coverage. She says about one fifth of those costs came from claims and health care usage at facilities that are more expensive, like emergency rooms,than what the new clinic can provide at a cheaper cost.
The facility will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
It will also be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
The district says the on-site clinic will reduce absenteeism, reduce school district insurance costs, enhance productivity of the school district employees and provide long term cost savings.
A provider will be on-site for 12 hours per week.
The School Board President Ron Counter hopes the clinic can become a model for other businesses and health organizations in the Northwoods.
"It's my hope that the community will take a big look at this," Counter said. "And if it's accessible it will spread through the other employers in the community."
The new clinic is part of a collaboration with Aspirus. The clinic is named as the Aspirus School District of Rhinelander Clinic
MADISON - The state Elections Commission has approved mailing postcards to more than a million unregistered voters urging them to get on the rolls.
Legislators passed a law earlier this year requiring Wisconsin to join a multi-state consortium called the Electronic Registration Information Center, which works to identify eligible voters who haven't registered. ERIC requires member states to reach out before Oct. 1 every two years to eligible voters who may not be registered.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's Highway 8 is finally getting its long-awaited renovation.
Beginning this week, construction will begin along two busy intersections on Rhinelander's busy bypass.
Michael Wendt, the Department of Transportation project development supervisor said, "This is probably something we should have done a little while ago, but it takes some time to get these projects going.
Construction at Highway G and 17 South started this week, and crews will lay new surface and install new stoplight sensors.
WAUSAU - After struggling for a few years, Wausau's mayor hopes new management and building changes will revitalize the Wausau Center Mall.
On Tuesday, Mayor Robert Mielke announced in a press conference that Mid America Asset Management will take over management of the mall. Mielke says Mid America will focus on new marketing, maintenance, and leasing new tenants.
MINOCQUA - Three local cyclists planned to bike in the Ride Across Wisconsin event just for fun this year, but a few days before the ride, a good friend of theirs became unexplainably sick. In that moment, the purpose of their ride changed.
"This is nothing. This is a day. This is an hour, a minute that I can keep going," said cyclist Connie Trapp.
For Trapp, riding 178 miles was a small hurdle compared to the struggle of a close friend.
"Just having somebody to ride it for and be encouraged that you're doing it for someone else besides yourself really helped," said Trapp.
MERCER - This year, almost 40 northern Wisconsin communities formally expressed interest in becoming the new home of the DNR's state forestry headquarters. But there's a chance the headquarters stay right where they are--in Madison.
WOODRUFF - The amount of blood donations usually drops during the summer, but this summer has been particularly challenging in northern Wisconsin.
"Over the course of the summer, our blood supply has declined considerably. It has dropped 35 percent over the course of the summer, and it is approaching dangerously low levels," said Community Blood Center Donor Services Vice President Kristine Belanger.
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