ANTIGO - A new apartment complex in Antigo will house 50 families close to downtown businesses. The Pebble Ridge Apartments will be rented out to people based on their income.
City leaders believe there's a big need for more housing in Antigo. A fire last year destroyed more than fifteen apartments. Also, the growth of some businesses is bringing more employees to the city.
"Manufacturing is driving some of that. We've seen in recent times, the Volm Plaspack Company added a project not far from here. It brought in potential 20 new employees," said Antigo's director of administrative services, Mark Desotell.
The apartment complex will offer some services like free high speed internet to all of its residents. There will be various apartment sizes for different families.
"There are going to be eight separate units with an interior courtyard, clubhouse, playground. The units will be from one to four bedrooms," said Desotell.
Twelve of the apartments will also be accessible for people with disabilities.
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."
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.
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