Lakeland Union High School brought in more police officers, and even toyed with the idea of metal detectors, after two student threats last month. The school might find more money to help boost its security thanks to lawmakers.
Governor Scott Walker signed a bill that provides 100 million dollars for schools to invest in new safety measures. Lakeland Union High School Principal Jim Bouche said his first thought when he heard the bill passed was "Thank you."
He says the district has already invested in several security measures like cameras, and completing background checks on all guests that come into the school.
"For the state to take a look at this as being a very important part of education today, I think it's a great opportunity for all of us to buy into," said Bouche.
Bouche says LUHS has been looking into metal detectors, door jams, and other, newer safety measures for the district. But he says most of those things are costly, so support from the state could make getting those systems more feasible.
"I think this is going to give principals and superintendents an opportunity to look at what's out there. This is a definite positive step in the right direction for safety and security for our students and staff," said Bouche.
The added bonus according to Bouche, is that the state's financial help could allow schools the ability to put more money into the classroom.
FLORENCE COUNTY - Two high school students died in a car crash early Friday morning in Florence County. The wreck happened at around 6:20 a.m. according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
The vehicle was traveling north on County Highway N in the Commonwealth Township, when the driver lost control while making a turn. The vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway, and hit a tree, bursting into flames upon impact.
The names and ages of the Florence High School students will be released after notifications are made.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander group working to maintain recreational trails in the area got some help in their mission. The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association received grants to help fund its various projects.
The group got two DNR Recreational Trail Act Grants totaled at a little more than $13,000. The WPS Foundation also gave a total of $1,800 in grants. The grant money will be used to help with multiple projects.
One project is to construct a boardwalk over the wetlands of the Cassian Cross County Ski Trail. RASTA is also going to construct a new ski trail at Washburn.
For more information on all of RASTA's projects, visit their Facebook page lined below.
MINOCQUA - Owners of wooden boats describe them as labors of love.
"If you're going to own a boat like this, you have to have a commitment," said boat owner Marc Toigo. "It's not optional."
It's the kind of commitment Gordon Moore had when he helped start the Minocqua Antique Wooden & Classic Boat Show 26 years ago. Moore passed away in August, making this weekend's show the first without him.
"We're going to laugh a lot, because he'd want us to," said show organizer Al Hanley. "(Moore) had a great sense of humor, he was a truly unique individual."
MARATHON CITY - A truckload of huge, heavy pieces of concrete piping sat outside County Materials Corporation in Marathon City on Friday afternoon.
They won't be there long.
Soon, it will head for Racine County, one of hundreds of truckloads delivering pipes to the Foxconn site.
Gov. Scott Walker promised luring the electronics company to southeastern Wisconsin would help the entire state. He visited County Materials on Friday. It's one of 27 contractors in the state selected to help with the Phase One build of Foxconn.
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