RHINELANDER - Police dispatchers don't know what the day will look like when they get to work.
Oneida County dispatchers respond to everything from downed power lines, fires and domestic disputes.
Dispatchers from around the country are being honored this week. National Public Safety Telecommunicators week is being held April 13-19.
"It just depends on what comes in. You know some days can start out pretty mellow. And just like that, it can be all chaos," says Oneida County dispatcher Mary Goeldner.
Goeldner has been a dispatcher for 18 years.
"Sometimes it's real difficult. Sometimes you just have to keep repeating yourself and telling them that you know ‘I need you to calm down because I want to help you but you've got to help me' If we don't know what's going on, we don't know where it's happening we can't send help," says Goeldner.
Goeldner enjoys her job because she feels she can help those who need it.
"The calls where you really feel like you help somebody," says Goeldner.
The weather can play a big factor in the types of calls that come in.
"This time of year when we get unexpected snow or the roads are bad, we'll get a lot of vehicles in the ditch. Summertime when we have storms come through we get a lot of power lines down, trees down, that type of thing," says Goeldner.
Oneida County dispatchers get calls for Rhinelander and Three Lakes police departments too.
But calls aren't the only thing that dispatchers are responsible for.
They also process warrants and restraining orders.
"When they're cancelled we have to make sure they get cancelled out of the national system and the state system so that someone isn't arrested and they shouldn't be," says Goeldner.
Helping people in tough situations makes the hard work worth it.
NEW YORK - More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.
The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avalon models made from 2002 to 2004.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says all the vehicles covered in Saturday's announcement had already been under a recall for the faulty air bags, but the carmakers' original attempts to fix the defects only worked about 85 percent of the time.
NORTHWOODS - The U.S. Forest Service will hire thousands of temporary workers this spring. Leaders at the Chequamegon Nicolet Forest Service want to hire more than 50 temporary employees to work during summer. They're looking for people with diverse backgrounds and plenty of experience.
PINE RIVER - Firefighters in Pine River had a tough day Saturday. They battled a house fire Friday night.
Crews didn't finish cleaning up the scene until 3:30 Saturday morning. Then they got called to a second fire in the afternoon.
The first fire happened at 9:12 p.m. The Lincoln County Dispatch Center got a call about a possible structure fire on County Highway WW in the Town of Pine River. That's east of Merrill, but when the Pine River Department got there, the house was in flames.
WAUSAU - Enrollment for health coverage will end soon. That's why healthcare providers participated in "Super Saturday".
Bridge Clinic in Wausau welcomed people to sign up for health insurance options Saturday.
The Open Enrollment deadline is February 15th. If you don't sign up before then, it could cost you $325 or more depending on your income.
"We recommend just make an informed choice. Don't just let it lapse and get the penalty, be surprised with a penalty later on. Come in, make an informed choice. There are health care options," said Bridge Community Health Clinic Executive Director Laura Scudiere.
MILWAUKEE - A winter storm warning will go into effect in the Milwaukee area and far southern Wisconsin on Saturday night â€" and the National Weather Service says as much as 10 inches of snow could fall in Kenosha County by early Monday.
Snow is forecast to begin falling late Saturday and continue all day Sunday. Lake-effect snow is expected to combine with a low pressure system from the south to drive up snowfall totals in far southeast Wisconsin. Milwaukee could see up to 9 inches.
Blowing and drifting snow is expected and winds could gust to over 30 mph, making travel dangerous.
Other parts of the state, including Sheboygan, Dodge, and Waukesha counties, will be under a winter weather advisory starting Saturday night. Snow accumulations could reach 4 to 7 inches.
MADISON - A team of students from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is conducting research on foxes and coyotes in hopes of learning how the animals and humans can peacefully coexist.
Forest and wildlife associate professor David Drake and his students are humanely trapping the animals, running tests, then fitting them with tracking devices. The goal is to learn about traveling patterns, diseases the animals might have, and how they interact with other animals and humans.
Drake says foxes and coyotes are moving into areas where people are living. And if that continues, and the animals lose their fear of humans, they could become aggressive in extreme cases.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says residents should stay a safe distance from foxes or coyotes, and shouldn't feed them.
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