EAGLE RIVER - Northland Pines High School wants to be proactive about drug and alcohol abuse when it comes to students.
It began testing random students this school year.
District Administrator Dr. Mike Richie says about 60 students signed up for random drug testing with their parents' permission.
Only six of those students were tested last December and all passed.
"It's a great deterrent. If kids are at a party or out and about over the weekend and something shows up that shouldn't, they can say, 'Hey, I'm not participating because I did sign up to be drug tested and I could be selected and I just don't want to go there,'" said Richie.
The tests were administered through an outside company. It tested for drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and alcohol.
"We don't want a set schedule. We want this truly to be random, so we're not going to say 'Every month, every week, every quarter, on a Friday'. We're going to be all over the board with that," said Richie.
Next year, the drug policy will include seventh through twelfth graders, instead of just high school students.
Parents can add or remove their child from the drug testing list at any time. Once a student is signed up, the permission form is good for their entire high school career.
CRANDON - Leaders in four Northwoods counties hope a $38,633 grant will bring in almost 10 times that much money to the area. Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties got a Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Wednesday.
The counties will use the money to promote the natural resources, history, recreation, and local cultural sites along the Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway.The byway runs 145 miles through the four counties.
MILWAUKEE - A fiery crash between a chemical truck and a car temporarily closed a downtown Milwaukee interchange, but it did not cause any serious injuries.
The crash happened on northbound Interstate 43/94 just after 3 a.m. Wednesday and forced the closure of the entire Marquette interchange for about two hours. The northbound interstate lanes remained closed for about six hours.
TOWN OF PELICAN - Twisted metal and side-curtain air bags gave a pretty good sense of how bad a crash was Wednesday afternoon, but the Town of Pelican's deputy fire chief already knew he needed to work quickly.
"Time is of the essence," Norm Peterson said.
Peterson's department got the 911 page of a two-car crash on Highway 8 and River Bend Road, about two miles east of Rhinelander, around 12:30 p.m. The cars both ended up in the ditch on the north side of Highway 8, out of traffic. Police reduced traffic to one lane while medics treated the injured, but cars were able to still get through in both directions.
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