RHINELANDER - Veterans in Rhinelander will get some support a little closer to home. The Oneida County Veteran's Service recently gained a new counselor from Wausau after the former counselor retired from the Service Office.
One Veteran's Service Officer, Tammy Javenkoski, said this kind of support is needed more in the Northwoods.
"What I want to see with mental health counseling is when someone needs mental health counseling, I don't want this to wait," said Javenkoski. "I mean, this is why we have a 22-per-day veteran suicide rate in this country. Because people have to wait for mental health counseling and that should never be the case."
She hopes that former combat veterans take advantage of this service.
"Mental health counseling with veterans is needed everywhere," said Javenkoski. "We're no different here, we have a shortage of it, so anything helps. I'm really glad that she's coming just because the more, the better."
Javenkoski added it's a great way for veterans to get counseling if they're looking for more private methods. The medical records are kept solely by the Veteran Center and don't go anywhere else.
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.
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.
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.
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