PARK FALLS - Amanda Poler USED to take her kids to Peace Lutheran's Daycare in Park Falls.
"I never thought that this daycare that I recommend would have something like this against them," said Poler. "I'm shocked to actually hear about it."
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families revoked the daycare's license last Friday after discovering 39 state violations, including reports of child abuse.
Daycare Board President Sue Bever heard that a daycare employee was physically abusing kids and reported the employee to the Department of Children and Families.
"She's slapping hands, and she's popping [kids] on the butt," said Bever. "[When we heard about it] we had a cry session over it."
In the department's report it also states the daycare did not have certain certifications, an unclean diaper changing station, babies sleeping in improper places, and a staff member being left alone with children who was not teacher qualified.
"When you take your kids to daycare you expect backgrounds have been checked and that they are taking very good care of your kids," said Poler.
Bever blames the daycare's violations on lack of staffing.
"They want good care but we don't have the man power to give good care," said Bever.
Poler says there are only two other places that offer daycare services in the area. She fears many families will be struggling to find help.
"It's very sad that a place like this is closing down because we do need it in a small town like [Park Falls]," said Poler.
The daycare has been in operation since 1989. They had 42 kids registered.
The daycare decided not to fight the state in court and agreed to just shut down.
TOMAHAWK - Two local car mechanics told us a stretch of Highway 51 near Tomahawk is so bad, they won't even drive on it. Both said the road is rougher than they've ever seen it, a condition echoed on roads throughout the Northwoods.
But the nine-mile stretch near Tomahawk especially stands out for some drivers.
"[Highway] 8 to Highway S, the southbound lane, is buckling so bad, you just bounce down that road. The cars, when they bounce down there, the suspension just takes a beating," said Gary Luedke, the service manager at Heritage Chevrolet in Tomahawk.
Luedke has seen problems with ball joints, tie rod ends, and even tires with chunks missing. All of the damage comes from bad winter roads like Highway 51.
PHILLIPS - You can still get protection with a flu shot. The Price County Health Department says it's not too late. In Wisconsin, the number of people taking advantage of the flu vaccine is up this year.
Last year, 37 percent of people in Wisconsin received a flu shot during the flu season. This year, that number slightly rose to 38 percent.
Many of us worry about the flu during the winter months. But it can still be a problem through the warmer months because of airplane travel. Travel between the northern and southern hemispheres will allow the flu to spread anytime during the year.
Even in late February, we are still encouraged to get the shot.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - A business development agency in the Northwoods pictures new homes, apartments, and jobs coming to Lac du Flambeau in the next decade. Building those and making them a reality may get a boost from a new tax deferral process.
Lac du Flambeau has been identified as an "Opportunity Zone." Essentially, it allows investors to avoid paying taxes on capital gains through things like profits made through trading stocks.
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