RHINELANDER - Ice shanties protect us from the cold when we go ice fishing. But we need to think about protecting our shanties from break-ins. The Oneida County Sheriff's office says there haven't been many break-ins this year.
"It goes in cycles some years we'll have a rash of them and some years we won't have any, but this year there's been a couple," says Oneida County Sheriff's Recreational Officer Brad Fogerty. "Due to the seclusion of the shacks out in the middle of the lake, non-lighted areas, so those kind of give people opportunity to go out and vandalize and break into them."
Most of those break-ins have been on Lake Julia. There are some precautions you can take to protect your ice shanties.
"Keep your shack locked and don't keep any valuables in it," says Fogerty. "That's the main stuff they're looking for. They're looking for high item items you know ice augers, tip ups, locaters, that type of stuff," says Fogerty.
"So when they see that in there those are the shacks that typically get targeted. So the best thing to do is keep them locked and keep valuables out of them," says Fogerty.
There have been around 10 break-ins or vandalism incidents reported in Oneida County this year.
- Dr. Lewis Jacobson of Eagle River was one of 27 World War II veterans from northcentral Wisconsin participating in the 19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight last week. Nearly seventy years ago, he came home from Europe. He was a young, Jewish, American soldier who spent a year and half fighting Hitler's war machine.
- Plus, tomatoes brought in from warmer parts of the country this time of year can often be tasteless. Some supermarkets bring those tomatoes in because most local tomatoes aren't ripe. But one local family-owned greenhouse is ready for harvest. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to Antigo to find out how they do it.
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WASHINGTON, DC - A retired Northwoods doctor from Eagle River flew to Washington, DC last week. Dr. Lewis Jacobson was one of 27 World War II veterans from northcentral Wisconsin participating in the 19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Nearly seventy years ago, he came home from Europe. He was a young, Jewish, American soldier who spent a year and half fighting Hitler's war machine.
"I served from July of 1943 to early January of 1946, a total of about two and a half years, and 18 months was with service overseas in Europe: England, France, and Germany," Jacobson explained.
WISCONSIN - Wisconsin Public Service encourages any emergency responders to apply for its "Safety is Worth the Energy" grants. It will award 25 $2,000 grants this year.
All of WPS's service area can apply. Money is used for departments to provide special equipment or training which they otherwise wouldn't have.
"This is the second year we're offering the "Safety is Worth the Energy" grant for our local emergency responders in our service area," said WPS Community Relations Leader Leah Van Zile. "That would be fire departments, emergency rescue squads, police departments."
MADISON - Two Republican legislators are trying to convince the state Senate's labor committee to approve a bill that would repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage law.
The bill's chief sponsors, Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep. Rob Hutton, told the committee during a hearing Tuesday that the law artificially increases costs for local governments. They say repealing the law would save taxpayer dollars.
Sen. Robert Wirch, a Pleasant Prairie Democrat, countered that the law helps ensure quality work.
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