U.S. Census ramps up recruiting efforts in North and Central WisconsinSubmitted: 01/14/2020
Zack White
Zack White

U.S. Census ramps up recruiting efforts in North and Central Wisconsin
WAUSAU - The U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) plans to ramp up its recruiting efforts for the 2020 Census.

The USCB hopes to soon reach its goal of 2 million applicants for those jobs. USCB plans to trim those applications down to 500,000 part-time census takers.

Numbers from Northcentral Wisconsin show there is a need for more than 2,600 applications required to meet the goal.

Woodson YMCA operations director Kate Floreck said hosting the event at YMCA attracts a unique demographic of people.

"We're uniquely situated here in Wausau because we are the only senior center for people who are 55 and older," said Floreck. "We do run the demographic for both people who are retired and those who are still working."

The USCB plans to recruit people across a variety of age ranges.

U.S Census Bureau media specialist Robert Giblin said senior citizens offer something special to the census.

"One of the key things with senior citizens is oftentimes they are well networked in community and have a good knowledge of the communities that they are in," said Giblin.

Floreck said they hope to be a resource to the community when Census Day arrives in April.

"Being a place where people can trust and where they can get help completing their survey, I think is a win for everybody," said Floreck.

Giblin said there are still challenges with people filling out the census, even in the age of technology.
"We realize of course that not everybody can complete the census online they may have a lack of computers or lack of internet access," said Giblin.

Results of the 2020 census will be used to determining the number of seats Wisconsin will hold in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

It will also determine how federal money is distributed to hospitals, schools, roads and emergency response. In Wisconsin, the hourly wage for census takers is anywhere from $17-$24 per hour.

To apply to be a census taker you can visit 2020cenus.gov/jobs or USAjobs.gov

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MILWAUKEE -  Milwaukee's former police chief, who was demoted to captain in part for using tear gas against protesters demonstrating over George Floyd's death, has chosen to retire instead of staying with the department. 

The city's Fire and Police Commission voted unanimously last week to demote Chief Alfonso Morales.

 Commissioners criticized how Morales handled multiple incidents involving Black people, including the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown. 

Speaking Wednesday on WTMJ-AM, Morales said he's retiring because if he returned as a captain it would be at a reduced salary and would negatively impact his pension payments. 

Morales also defended his record as chief. 

His attorney says he and Morales are exploring a range of legal action, including filing a claim for damages.

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Hodag Lanes Closing Submitted: 08/14/2020

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RHINELANDER - After over 50 years of staying open, Hodag Lanes in Rhinelander has officially closed its doors.

"I mean COVID has hit the bowling business really, really hard no matter where your bowling center is," said Sharon Cline, bowling manager at Hodag Lanes.

And with the construction on Stevens Street, the bowling alley was in a tough situation.

"The construction was also a big play for us because with all the construction out here it was tough for anybody to get through," Cline said.

A lot of memories were created in the bowling alley for various citizens in the city.

"I probably started bowling in the early '80s on the Wednesday night women's league," said Sherri Schilleman, Rhinelander resident. "We had the 9 o'clock slot I believe back then."

For her and many families in Rhinelander, bowling was very popular.

"Bowling is actually a big sport in Rhinelander," said Schilleman. "And I think in the last couple of years bowling was actually starting to make another comeback. So it's sad because people are gonna have to find something else to do."

But Cline is hoping that this won't be the end for Hodag Lanes.

"It is costly to have a bowling center but we're just hoping again that we can get up and running again," said Cline. 

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MADISON - The state Assembly's chief clerk released records of a legislative aide's sexual harassment complaint against a freshman Democratic lawmaker, months after news organizations sued to gain access to them.

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MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received the 2019 test results from the second year of the ruffed grouse West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance project.

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- The Rhinelander school district announced today a blended reopening plan for the 2020-21 academic year. The blended option will include high school and middle school students attending in-person classes twice a week, with the remainder of the week being online. Meanwhile, K-5th will have a four day school week, with Wednesdays off for a school-wide cleaning. Despite the district's decision to offer partly online classes, not all parents are ready for their students to return back to the school hallways.

"We have to put health in front of money. we have to put health in front of other important things to make sure everybody is okay to continue to enjoy the things we like so much. and if this is just one way we can keep her safe and the family safe,..again we just decided as a family that's the best route for us," Rhinelander parent, Kate Bauman said.

For parents wanting an alternative option, they can sign up for the districts online option by tomorrow night, August 9th, 2020. 

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MADISON - The grandmother of an 11-year-old girl shot in Madison said Wednesday the girl will be taken off life support.

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NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male military draft system Thursday, citing a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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