MINOCQUA - Lakeland Union High School began its Little Dribblers basketball camp this week.
The camp attracts dozens of children in the Minocqua area to the high school fieldhouse every Monday and Friday for an hour of basketball lessons.
Instructor Melissa Ouimette is also the head coach for Lakeland's girls basketball team.
She wants to make Little Dribblers open to both people who live in Minocqua and those outside the area.
"People come up and visit for the summer and I have a lot of parents that say 'my grandson is vacationing here, we'll be here for most of the summer but not all of it, is it OK,'" Ouimette said. "I try to offer a bunch of different options for anybody."
Ouimette can't do it all by herself, though.
She has members of Lakeland's girls and boys basketball teams to help her, including her daughter Julianna, an incoming freshman.
Julianna says coaching kids is a lot of fun. "A lot of the kids, if they start working hard, you can tell they want to get better," Julianna said. "It's fun to be competitive with them and win with them, especially if they look up to you, then it's fun encouraging them more."
The camp runs through the summer and teaches kids the basics of shooting, dribbling and passing,
RHINELANDER - Running the master streamer on a Rhinelander firetruck gave Nick Heise a sense of control over an exciting situation this morning. The junior firefighter got the chance to do something he s never done before: go into a burning building and put out the fire.
"You can call us crazy, but we actually like to do it," Heise said. "Fire rolling over our heads and got to play with it and learn some stuff about fire behavior."
Rhinelander firefighters were practicing controlled burns along Ohlson Lane, just behind the Home Depot. Crews lit four sets of fires, with two on the top floor and two on the ground level, then burned the whole thing down and worked on putting that out.
RHINELANDER - The City of Rhinelander told residents this week its municipal water is safe to drink, responding to concerns of elevated chemical levels in city water.
On Monday night, the city said it had shut down Well 7 on June 24 after a test for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) came back showing excessive levels.
But on Tuesday morning, the Oneida County Health Department couldn't offer a similar assurance about the purity of private wells in the area.
PFAS refers to a group of manmade chemicals that may cause higher cholesterol, low infant birthweights, and lower female fertility, among other health risks. The manmade chemical is found in products like food wrappers, stain-resistant fabrics, and nail polish.
RHINELANDER - The city of Rhinelander took a municipal well offline after its water was found to contain excessive levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), according to the Oneida County Health Department and the city.
Since that well is turned off, "the public water system is ok to drink," stated the health department release.
"Based on current, available information, we can conclude that the water is not considered a potential threat to health and is safe to drink," read the city's release.
Some studies have shown people with PFAS expose may be at risk of increased cholesterol levels, worsening response to vaccines, a higher risk of thyroid disease, lower fertility in women, and an elevated risk of high blood pressure in pregnant women.
RACINE - A Racine woman is accused of leaving her 3-year-old grandson in a hot vehicle while she shopped at the Dollar Tree.
A criminal complaint says police were called when someone spotted the toddler in the vehicle with the windows up Friday when temperatures were in the 90s. The complaint says first responders broke a window to rescue the boy who was "limp and very warm to the touch."
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