The Rhinelander District Library will officially reopen Tuesday, June 30th, with limited hours for the public.
The building will be open Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-1pm, and Thursday 12pm-6pm. A limited number of patrons will be welcomed into the building for 30 minute periods to browse the selection and/or use the computers.
The Children's Department will be open, however no one under the age of 16 will be allowed inside at this time.
The Stevens Street entrance will be closed. Visitors are asked to use the parking lot entrances and follow the traffic pattern indicated in the building.
Seating is limited and the meeting room is not available at this time. Staff will be wearing masks/face coverings for protection. Representatives from the library strongly encourage masks/face coverings to be worn by all visitors to the building. In person or shelf assistance will require a mask.
Curbside pickup will continue for the foreseeable future as the safest way to access the collection. Curbside pickup will be available Wednesday 12pm-6pm, Thursday 8:30am-1pm, and Friday 8:30-5pm. Checked-out items should be returned to the outside b oof drops. No returns will be accepted inside the building at this time. Exceptions are made for WiFi hotspots and items marked "fragile/return inside."
Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours, per the CDC guidelines and will be backdated to the date of return. Book-drop is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5pm.
CRANDON - The Forest County Humane Society works around the clock to help animals find forever homes. But taking care of those animals during their stay doesn't just take a lot of time; it takes a lot of money, too.
The shelter got a helping hand, thanks to a $35,000 grant from the ASPCA. It's part of an initiative to help brick-and-mortar shelters improve their animals' quality of life.
Shelter director Angie Schaefer says that money paid for 20 new cat-condos, fencing for two new dog yards, and several other much-needed supplies.
"We're small, we're in a small community, so to raise that kind of money to get these items would have been quite a task. For them to step in and do that for us is amazing," said Schaefer.
Schaefer said the extra yards will allow dogs to spend more time outside and socialize with each other.
If you're interested in volunteering or donating to the humane society, visit its website for more information.
MADISON, WI - Cigarette smoking rates have dropped since Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Indoor Air Law went into effect 10 years ago.
In 2008, before the law passed, 20% of Wisconsin adults smoked cigarettes. By 2018, the rate had dropped to 16%. High school youth cigarette smoking rates dropped from nearly 21% in 2008 to nearly 5% in 2018.
State cigarette taxes were also increased during this time period and contribute to this reduction.
"Wisconsin is breathing easier today thanks to this law, but we know there are many people in our state who still smoke," said DHS Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm. "We urge smokers to take advantage of the programs available to help them to quit, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic, as people who smoke are believed to be more susceptible to the virus, and can become severely ill with it."
- The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans' self-control that could determine the trajectory of the surging coronavirus outbreak.
With confirmed cases climbing in 40 states, governors and local officials have ordered the wearing of masks in public, and families were urged to celebrate their independence at home. Even then, they were told to keep their backyard cookouts small.
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