RHINELANDER - Police dispatchers don't know what the day will look like when they get to work.
Oneida County dispatchers respond to everything from downed power lines, fires and domestic disputes.
Dispatchers from around the country are being honored this week. National Public Safety Telecommunicators week is being held April 13-19.
"It just depends on what comes in. You know some days can start out pretty mellow. And just like that, it can be all chaos," says Oneida County dispatcher Mary Goeldner.
Goeldner has been a dispatcher for 18 years.
"Sometimes it's real difficult. Sometimes you just have to keep repeating yourself and telling them that you know ‘I need you to calm down because I want to help you but you've got to help me' If we don't know what's going on, we don't know where it's happening we can't send help," says Goeldner.
Goeldner enjoys her job because she feels she can help those who need it.
"The calls where you really feel like you help somebody," says Goeldner.
The weather can play a big factor in the types of calls that come in.
"This time of year when we get unexpected snow or the roads are bad, we'll get a lot of vehicles in the ditch. Summertime when we have storms come through we get a lot of power lines down, trees down, that type of thing," says Goeldner.
Oneida County dispatchers get calls for Rhinelander and Three Lakes police departments too.
But calls aren't the only thing that dispatchers are responsible for.
They also process warrants and restraining orders.
"When they're cancelled we have to make sure they get cancelled out of the national system and the state system so that someone isn't arrested and they shouldn't be," says Goeldner.
Helping people in tough situations makes the hard work worth it.
RHINELANDER - After the vendors closed up at the end of the first Hodag Farmers Market of the season, several people stayed behind to honor the man who started the market.
That's Douglas Jacobson, and he died last October.
His son, Jonathan Jacobson, said Douglas Jacobson was a big part of the Rhinelander communityâ€"serving as Lions Club president, being part of many clubs and being a landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service.
The Jacobson family and Rhinelander city leaders worked to dedicate a bench in his honor in Pioneer Park. That bench went up on Saturday, just off the road that leads into the park.
"He was a pioneer in helping to establish the Hodag Farmers Market many years ago. And from those humble beginnings, the market vendors, the patrons that arrive here, the citizens of Rhinelander, and those in the community have a wonderful place to come to get fresh, home grown, locally grown vegetables," Jonathan Jacobson said. "It was a great event. It was really nice to have everybody stop out and pay attention to what my dad's been doing and acknowledge all the effort he put into the farmers market for many years. And not only that, dad was a great citizen here in the Rhinelander community."
RHINELANDER - You'll likely find some slow-moving guests on the road this weekend. Turtles start laying their eggs in late May and continue through mid-June. But, because of where they like to lay those eggs, it's a dangerous time for the reptiles.
Wild Instincts Rehab Center in Rhinelander treats at least 30 injured turtles each summer. Painted and snapping turtles are most common in the Northwoods. They tend to lay their eggs along roadsides, driveways, and in places with soft sand.
ANTIGO - For the first time since 2013, deer hunters in Langlade and Price counties will be able to target does with an antlerless deer tag in hand.
This week, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board approved the fall hunt plans submitted by County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) all over the state. Langlade and Price counties had had bucks-only harvests in each of the last two deer seasons. But in 2016, some hunters will get antlerless tags as well.
WAUSAU - In the midst of a national push to prescribe fewer painkillers, a new Wisconsin proposal appeared that would let chiropractors prescribe prescription drugs, including painkillers.
After speaking with one of the bill's authors, that notion is not at all true.
John Murray, the executive director of the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, which supports the bill, said the bill was never intended to cover narcotics, or any drugs not related to neuro-muscular skeletal healing. The bill is in its early stages, having had a co-sponsor hearing on Tuesday, and future drafts of the bill will feature more specific language.
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