WAUSAU - Weather like this means preparation and work for highway departments across the Northwoods. The Marathon County highway department will use its 36 trucks to plow throughout the day. More than five inches have hit some parts of the area.
But the Marathon County operations director calls this a nice winter storm.
"We're going to just keep on plowing and try and stay ahead of it and keep the roads open so they're drivable," says Marathon County Highway Operations Superintendent Dan Raczkowski. "They definitely will not be bare. "
"After tomorrow when the snow stops and hopefully the winds die down that's when we'll go and scrap them down and probably have to hit them with a little more salt to try and get them bared up," says Raczkowski.
High winds have also caused the department to send out six of their motor graters.
"This is a nice winter storm is what I'd consider it," says Raczkowski. "Snow isn't really wet and heavy so it plows reasonable, the heavier the snow the harder it is on the equipment and everything so it's not too bad.
"I think the snowmobilers will be happy because the trails were getting kind of rough," says Raczkowski.
The coordinator says the 36 trucks running on the two lane state and county highways will get parked tonight. They keep a crew on for highways like 29 and I-39.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
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