PHILLIPS - Treating roads becomes more of a challenge when ice starts to build up on them.
Price County Highway Commissioner Don Grande tried to get a jump on the weather.
He called in part-time drivers to help with treatment.
"Freezing rain is a tough one this time of year. Just because if you don't put the material down soon enough, you have an ice situation and typically once you have the situation, there's no coming back," said Grande.
Price County usually uses liquid material to help treat snow covered roads.
But when it comes to freezing rain and ice, treating roads with a dry, solid material becomes a challenge.
"Unfortunately with the dry material, it doesn't like to stay for a long period. We try to always use liquids to keep the material on the roadway. With the freezing rain events like this, it has the tendency to wash those liquids out too fast," said Grande.
Grande reminds drivers to slow down and give plow trucks plenty of space.
People gathered in the Wausau area today to remember four people who died in a shooting at three different places one year ago today. Tonight we look back at the shooting, and we take you live to the Wausau area and discuss the mental health of the officers following the shooting.
A new bill in Wisconsin would require dispatchers to know how to explain CPR over the phone. We talk to an operator and a paramedic in Oneida County where the dispatch center has already been following that procedure for decades.
And we'll bring you a preview of this weekend's ice golf tournament fundraiser for a local snowmobile club.
We'll bring you all this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
HARSHAW - Rhinelander charter school students mixed in math with science, social studies, and reading projects on Thursday.
Northwoods Community Elementary School hosted parents to show off their work. Some classes did the math to plot out a vegetable garden. Others did research on Wisconsin counties and planned a weeklong trip there.
"I added decimals to count up all my rates for my bills, all the admissions to state parks, and renting," explained Oceana Patulski, who did a project on Door County.
MADISON - The Wisconsin State Patrol says it saw more drugged drivers on the roads and had a significant increase in drug arrests from 2016 to 2017.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the State Patrol saw a 20 percent increase in drug arrests during that time period, with fewer than 2,900 arrests in 2016 to more than 3,400 last year. A drug arrest involves the possession of illegal narcotics or paraphernalia.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
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