RHINELANDER - Automakers put more technology in every new car they design.
Nicolet automotive technician students can now train on a high-tech car thanks to a generous donation.
State Farm Insurance donated a 2012 Ford Fusion to the college. The car was totaled by flood damage. It lets students work on the latest technology featured in newer models.
"When you start dealing with the body electrical systems, this car is just a gold mine of electrical accessories, so the students are going to benefit so much from the donation," says Nicolet College Automotive Instructor Chris Kolasa.
Brenda Labonte is one of three female students in Nicolet's Automotive Technician program. She says computerized cars take more than mechanics to repair.
"So many people out there are leaning toward the newer vehicles, the ones that have more technology in them," says Lobonte. "That benefits us so that way we can help them further."
Kumbier Towing from Minocqua and Quality Collison of Rhinelander helped get the car to Nicolet College from Milwaukee.
TOMAHAWK - If you feel stir-crazy this time of year, taking a quick drive Tuesday afternoon might help.
Hometown Chiropractic in Rhinelander and Tomahawk hopes to spread smiles during, "Sunshine on the Streets."
The doctors will wave signs with their favorite positive quotes starting at 12:30 in the afternoon.
Chiropractors normally work to get your physical health in check, but they want to help your mental health, too.
"I want to say we are one of the smaller countries in the world, but we take almost 80 percent of the world's anti-depressants. So we want to make sure we have positivity energy and positive thoughts because it will help us heal better and feel better," says Dr. Grace Zuiker Nash.
"Sunshine on the Streets" also marks the First Official Day of Spring.
TOMAHAWK - A popular Tomahawk event welcomed a sold out crowd over the weekend. 350 people attended the 15th annual Taste of Tomahawk. Local restaurants, breweries and wineries displayed the best they had to offer at the Inshallah Country Club. Organizer Jesica said the event successfully shows what Tomahawk has to offer. "We want to feature the region and all the wonderful things we have to offer. So we hope we get a lot of folks to come to Taste of Tomahawk, that maybe don't visit us other times of year. We can really show them what Tomahawk's all about," said Jesica.
Some vendors used the event as an opportunity to show products and flavors people may not be familiar with. The Silver Birch Supper Club has attended Taste of Tomahawk since the beginning. "[It's great] seeing it grow, from just starting out to seeing what it is today. The costumes are great. Great costumes for St. Patty's Day," said Silver Birch Supper Club General Manager Chris Copiskey,
MADISON (AP) - An environmental organization and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to harvest timber in northern Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the 2014 Farm Bill has allowed the two groups to enter into a stewardship agreement. The conservancy will hire loggers, sell timber and use the proceeds for projects the Forest Service can't afford to do.
The conservancy plans to use some money to restore Simpson Creek by rerouting the channel and exposing the gravel floor that fish need to spawn. The group also plans to rebuild a handicap accessible boardwalk on the Oconto River and will use funds to restore habitat for the endangered Kirtland's warbler.
Forest Supervisor Paul Strong says the Forest Service's budget has been stretched by efforts to fight wildfire that have become more frequent and more intense.
RHINELANDER - Some members of the Hyms and Hyrs singing group have shared a stage together for more than 30 years. However, they almost had to stop when one of their key members passed away. "When it all works really well, nothing can top it," said Hyms and Hyrs singer Corky. The 25 members of the Hyms and Hyrs singing group are used to hitting the right rhythm together.
"We have a lot of fun," said Hyms and Hyrs singer Jim Priovolos. However, when the group's director and founder of the group died, they thought they would have to put their beats on hold. "We were wondering where we were going to end up with that," said Hyms and Hyrs singer Ken. Just a few months before their talent showcase at Nicolet College Sunday, Priovolos stepped in. "I feel very honored to be conducting them," said Priovolos. Priovolos got the group to pick up exactly where they left off. "He's kept us going," said Ken.
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