LAKE TOMAHAWK - People in Lake Tomahawk could soon see ATVs and UTVs on town roads if a new survey convinces the town board.
Last week, the town board authorized that survey, asking residents their views regarding ATV/UTV use on all town roads.
Town Chairman George Demet said the Lake Towmhawk planning commission is still in the process of drafting the survey.
The discussion surrounding the issue began last December when the Lake Tomahawk ATV Club requested 2.6 miles of Lakewood Rd be opened to ATV/UTV traffic. The proposal would have connected existing trails for the Nokomis ATV Club and Lakeland ATV Club.
Demet said he does not support the measure citing four ATV/UTV deaths on town roads in Oneida County last year.
After the survey is conducted, Demet said the town board does not have to adopt an ordinance in accordance with survey results.
In the county, more than 76 miles of town roads are open to ATVs and UTVs.
RHINELANDER - People love rewarding their pets with treats. However, local animal experts warn too much of this kind of praise can actually be a bad thing.
Americans spent more money on their pets in 2018 than any previous year, at more than $72 billion. Doctor Alison French from French's Homestead Veterinary in Rhinelander said medical costs only take up a small portion of that sum.
"Most of it is probably in food and treats and toys," said French. "Medical bills, if you look at the breakdowns, don't seem to be the highest."
Feeding your pets too much can lead to some serious health risks.
NORTHWOODS - The bitter temperatures heading our way Wednesday night have been pretty rare across the Northwoods this winter. The mild weather has made certain traditional winter activities a little more complicated.
Normally ice thickness is two or three feet and fine to drive on. Ice thickness this year has been sporadic. Warmer than usual temperatures and heavy snowfall teamed up to trap warm air near the ice.
"It's mostly comprised of air," said National Weather Service Green Bay Meteorologist Richard Mamrosh. "You have ice crystals and, you know, if it's very fluffy snow, they usually stack on top of each other. But there's usually air in between them."
Following Tom Tiffany's win over Jason Church Tuesday night, he appeared on Newswatch 12 Today. He said his experience owning Wilderness Cruises on the Willow Flowage means he can deliver for small business owners.
"I know what it takes, and its keeping taxes under control, moderating regulations, and if we do the same things at the federal level, I believe we can fix some of those problems that are out there at the federal level," said Tiffany.
Sen. Tiffany also touted his record of fiscal responsibility in the State Legislature.
"One of the things I'm most pleased about is we were able to get rid of that deficit here in Wisconsin," said Tiffany. "I think that's important to deal with at the federal level. And then I think we have some regional issues: broadband, regional service I think that are really important also to the people of the Seventh Congressional District."
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