EAGLE RIVER - Stores like Kwik Trip and McDonald's usually start workers at above $10 per hour. This is a wage that many senior living centers in the Northwoods just can't match.
Amy Lemke of Milestone Senior Living has a severe employee shortage right now. She said low wages are a big factor, and employees often leave after they've trained enough to get another job.
"You have all of these elders that need the assistance and there are times, depending on what kind of assistance they have, that if we're that short-staffed it's not fair and it's not right to accept them in and promise to take care of them," said Lemke.
Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) was among those attending an Elder Abuse Awareness seminar today in Eagle River. He hopes the upcoming budget will improve things.
"I'm in high hopes that the money that is set aside will help some of the problems they face today," said Swearingen. "Hopefully it will increase some of the wages here in the Northwoods."
The Joint Finance Committee finished its version of the budget proposal Thursday. It will work its way through the senate and assembly before getting to Governor Evers's desk.
According to a Northwoods social worker, next year the elderly population will be 40 percent of the population in Vilas County.
OSHKOSH, WIS. (AP) - A Wisconsin teenager who was shot and wounded when he stabbed a school resource officer has been ordered to stand trial.
Grant Fuhrman, 17, is charged as an adult with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the Dec. 3 attack at Oshkosh West High School.
Fuhrman is accused of stabbing Mike Wissink multiple times with a barbecue fork. Court documents say the officer was unable to reach his stun gun so he shot Fuhrman twice. Neither was seriously injured.
The school was evacuated and classes were cancelled for two days.
IRON COUNTY - One person died in a snowmobiling incident in Iron County early Sunday morning. The victim was identified as a 47-year-old female.
According to a press release by the Iron County Sheriff's Department, dispatch received a call at 1:52 a.m. reporting a snowmobile crashed on Trail 17 just outside Hurley and the operator was unresponsive.
First responders arrived at 2:04 a.m. and began taking life saving measures. The driver was then transported by rescue sled to Beacon ambulance and then to Aspirus GVH in Ironwood, MI.
After continued life-saving measures, the 47-year-old female was pronounced dead at Aspirus Hospital.
MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Sunday he wants state lawmakers to pass a package of bills aimed at curbing youth vaping and educating the public about vaping's potential dangers.
The bills Evers, a Democrat, is requesting would ban vaping and vapor products on K-12 campuses and expand the definition of public health emergencies. Another bill would fund a public health campaign to address youth vaping in the state and a fourth proposal would expand the enforcement capacity of the Departments of Revenue and Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to prevent vaping products from being sold to minors.
The governor's office outlined his proposals in a press release Sunday.
"As a parent, grandparent, and lifelong educator, I am deeply concerned about the health and well-being of our kids," Evers said in a statement. "Vaping is a serious public health epidemic and it is time to take action."
The governor's office said vaping products pose serious health risks to young users because the nicotine contained in e-cigarettes can harm parts of the brain that control attention and learning.
EAGLE RIVER - Professional snowmobilers took to the racetrack in Eagle River this weekend. However, they weren't the only ones riding on some top-of-the line sleds.
Arctic Cat was at the derby offering demo rides on their 2021 models. People got a chance to try out the different machines, and put money down on a model of their choice.
Sales director Joe Klosterman said it's important for people to try before they buy.
"We do it to give an experience to the consumer," said Klosterman. "You wouldn't buy a car without driving it. We've also got a new model this year that I think is going to bring a lot of new people into the industry."
Demo workers took guests out on a 10-mile loop to experience some of the best trails in the Northwoods. Those trails featured curbs, some fresh powder, and lots of bumps to test the machines' suspension.
Klosterman said Arctic Cat sold lots of sleds over the weekend thanks to the promotion.
ARBOR VITAE - This year the Arbor Vitae Fire Department hosted the Firefighter chili cook-off.
The event was being held at the Little Rice Fire Department the previous two years.
Arbor Vitae firefighter Ashely Roach said she loves having a job that lets her serve her community.
"Our fire department is very proud of the things we get to do for the community," said Roach. "Our picnic is something we have been doing for over 40 years and being able to use those same skills to put on events for other organizations feels good."
All proceeds from the fundraiser go to Vilas County Sheriff's Office K9 Stitch, money raised will cover the dog's training and vet bills.
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