PARK FALLS - During this time of year, thousands of people enjoy outdoor sports like snowmobiling and ice fishing.
State officials want to remind people to stay safe outdoors. DNR Conservation Warden Dan Michels says anybody on the ice should be careful.
"No ice, is safe ice. The ice safety or ice thickness varies a lot from water body to water body especially on rivers where there's flowing conditions, so we really caution people to take it slow and easy," said Michels.
Michels says people should bring safety items like ice cleats and rope when out on the ice. If you do fall through ice, Michels says having ice picks can be helpful.
"Ice picks such as these ones here. I carry them in my pocket. If you do go through the ice, you can use the picks to get yourself back out," said Michels.
Also remember to bring a cell phone and keep it in a water proof container.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander couple thought they were empty nesters. However, an experience volunteering made them open their doors back up to kids who need a temporary home. The Zoerb's adult children moved out years ago. But at any moment they could get a call from social services that make them bring out their parenting skills for another round. Rick and Danielle Zoerb work together as realtors putting people in homes that are the perfect fit. However, the husband and wife know their home can be a good fit for others too. "There's no reason for kids to have to fall through the cracks," said Dani. Rick met a child at a mentorship program a few years ago. It was a meeting that opened a new door for him and his wife. "There was no hesitation on our part when we felt the situation was deteriorating for this young boy," said Rick.
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