RHINELANDER - Every school year, more and more students and parents choose virtual learning.
Students in online programs can then take classes they might not have been able to take before.
Rhinelander High School has one of these programs.
80 students are enrolled this year.
Some only take a couple classes online and some are all online.
But online choices can cross district lines, too.
Some students decide to open enroll in an online school in a different district.
Like all districts, Rhinelander would much prefer to keep those students in their own district.
"It's an issue for all school districts. All school districts want to keep their students happy. So I would hope that if they're looking at opportunities outside of the district that they'd also come in and look at our opportunities and compare them and decide what's best for their students," says Virtual Learning Coordinator, Kandi Bartelt.
An outside student who open enrolls into the School District of Rhinelander can't be fully online.
"Because we are not a charter school we are a program within our school district and for being part of the school district the state does have requirements of physical attendance," says Bartelt.
Rhinelander virtual learning leader says students who want to take online courses need to be self motivated.
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.
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.
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."
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