RHINELANDER - Two years ago, a shooter killed 58 people and injured hundreds more at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
On Thursday, a simulation in Rhinelander used the aftermath of that event, in part, as a model for responding to a crisis.
"The point is is that, we will be ready as a region, together, for this," said Oneida Co. Health Dept. Assistant Director Marta McMillion, who helped organize the event.
The health department set up a mock family assistance center at Grace Foursquare Church. It was designed for workers to practice connecting victims of fire, natural disaster, or emergency to the resources they need.
"This plan that we have is actually not one that we have ever actually exercised to this capacity or this scale before. The point of the exercise is to kind of stress it and figure out what we do well [and] what we maybe need to improve," McMillion said.
More than 60 people were involved in the event, including emergency workers and actors playing victims.
They practiced setting up and using rooms for first aid, mental health, and family reunification.
ANTIGO - What starts with a tumble, ends in neatly packed, ready-to-ship bundles in the Kretz Lumber warehouse. Twenty percent of it will go across the ocean to China, with tariffs tearing into the profit.
"Twenty-five percent of our sales to China was reduced and we still have the same amount of overhead that you have to cover no matter what the price is," said Troy Brown, President of Kretz Lumber.
Though China's tariffs will be gone Friday, Brown says the foreign timber market is much different now from a year and a half ago.
MADISON - Republican legislators and their fundraising committees finished 2019 with four times as much money in their campaign accounts as their Democratic rivals, according to a review government watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign released Wednesday.
The review found that GOP lawmakers and their two legislative campaign fundraising committees - one for the Senate and one for the Assembly - ended the year with more than $6.3 million combined in the bank. Democratic legislators and their two committees finished with $1.6 million on hand.
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