ONEIDA COUNTY - A local organization wants to know why young people move to the Northwoods.
They also want to know why young people stay.
Oneida County U-W Extension partnered with the Rhinelander Young Professionals to find out how people feel about living in the Northwoods.
The organization sent out a web based survey last month.
They asked more than 300 people between the ages of 19 and 25 why they're here.
"A lot of young people have left. We know the number of people between the ages of 19 and 24 has decreased by about 25 percent in the last decade," said UW Extension Community Resource Development Agent, Tim Brown.
"But that means a whole lot of them have stayed here. There's a lot of people who choose to live in this area when they could be moving elsewhere."
They're not sure if the survey will actually help bring in more younger people.
But they do think it will help city officials understand what young people like about the Rhinelander area.
"Help them understand the kind of resources young people are looking for. Whether that's restaurants, shopping, educational opportunities, economic opportunities, chances to get outdoors," Brown said.
"We want to know what it is young people care about."
They would also like to hear back from people older than 25.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
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