RHINELANDER - Dry air can cause more issues than just dry skin. Leaving it untreated can also cause other health problems inside your body. When your upper respiratory system dries out, bacteria and viruses can grow. That can cause you to become sick. Oneida County Health Department Public Nurse Dawn Klink said there's a simple way to prevent that from happening.
"Make sure you drink enough water; especially elderly and young people", said Klink. "When they get sick, make sure they stay hydrated. Because, if they're dehydrated, that's going to make it all the worse."
Warm showers, boiling water, even plants can help put moisture in the air. In addition, make sure to wash your hands frequently. Getting vaccinated can also help keep you from getting sick.
People usually turn to humidifiers to put moisture in the air. Rhinelander Menards General Manager BJ Prokopiak says he sees sales of humidifiers rise between November and February.
"Forty-three percent of humidity really reduces flu rate in homes," said Prokopiak. "People really look at that and obviously the dry skin, bloody nose, things like that, it's really tough to put up with at times."
Regular maintenance of your humidifier will ensure clean, healthy air during the winter season.
STEVENS POINT - Emergency calls for help with "poison gas" brought police, firefighters, and paramedics out to a homeless shelter in Stevens Point early Sunday morning. Crews quickly determined there was no danger.
According to our partners at the Point/Plover Metro Wire, police were called to the Salvation Army Hope Center on Briggs Street -- just west of UW-Stevens Point -- around 6:20 a.m. People at the shelter were already evacuating the building.
The One for the Heroes lunch at Rhinelander GM-Toyota Saturday, gave people the chance to rub shoulders with first responders while also supporting their agencies.
Fire fighters, police officers and other first responders were treated to a brat or hot dog lunch while community members were able to make a donation for that meal. The money raised will go back to the departments that attended.
Those agencies gave tours of emergency vehicles and demonstrated equipment like drones and diving gear. 97.3 WHDG, a host of the event, attended the lunch with its Hodag Hot Wheel. There was also a bounce house for children who attended.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, event organizers believe they had raised more than $200 dollars.
RHINELANDER - A flight over the Northwoods brings views of lakes, tree canopies, and small communities. The list of people who have traveled across the Northwoods skies is short, but you could in as little as six months. The Rhinelander Flying Service offers classes to aspiring pilots from all over the Northwoods.
Valerie Dalka is just a few weeks away from being able to fly a plane solo. She says flying is the easy part, landing is where she needs some work.
"Right when you're landing you have to do this thing called a flare and you have to pull back really hard on the controls," said Dalka. "And it's really hard to just continue pulling back that far."
She's been taking lessons at the Rhinelander Flying Service for years.
MADISON - Wisconsin's Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he doesn't know whether he will seek a third term, but if it was up to his wife he would retire.
Johnson spoke with reporters Saturday during a break in the Wisconsin Republican Party convention. Johnson promised in the 2016 election that it would be his last, but after Republican Gov. Scott Walker lost in 2018 Johnson has backed off the pledge.
Johnson says he's not ruling out anything in 2022, including a run for governor. But Johnson says his focus now is on the 2020 presidential race. Johnson is the only Republican in statewide office in Wisconsin.
Walker has also talked about running again in 2022. As for the possibility they would both be running for office that year, Johnson says "anything's possible."
MADISON - A three-judge panel of federal judges has temporarily blocked a decision forcing Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to be questioned by attorneys representing Democratic voters in a federal redistricting lawsuit.
Vos has appealed the lower court's decision to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Journal Sentinel reports that judges wrote in a brief order Friday that they were suspending the requirement that Vos testify and turn over documents until they further study the case. Vos had been scheduled to testify on May 29.
Vos argues he can't be deposed due to legislative privilege, which protects lawmakers from being sued.
The lawsuit by Democratic voters challenges the election maps Vos and other Republican lawmakers drew in 2011 that have helped the GOP keep large majorities in recent years.
MADISON - Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he doesn't support banning abortions as early as six or eight weeks into a pregnancy, and would prefer that states have the power to determine whether abortion should be legal.
Johnson commented on abortion during a news conference with reporters during the Wisconsin Republican convention on Saturday.
Johnson says he supports a national law banning abortions after 21 weeks. Wisconsin has a 20-week ban. Johnson says he would also prefer that states get to decide whether abortion should be legal, rather than relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized it.
Conservatives have been pushing strict anti-abortion state laws in Alabama, Missouri and elsewhere to force the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade.
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