REFER YOUR FRIENDS AND GET REWARDED

IT PAYS TO TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS AND WE’LL REWARD YOU FOR IT!

  • We’ll credit your account $20 for every new customer that you refer to us*
  • There’s no limit to the number of qualified* friends/customers you can refer to us.

It pays to talk to your friends about Lynxx Networks. For every friend who signs up for Lynxx Networks service because of the good things you’ve said about it, we’ll credit your account $20. Plus, just like Lynxx Networks service doesn’t have data caps, there’s no cap to how many friends you can refer to us and get credit for when they take our service.

Right now, there’s no better time to tell your friends about Lynxx Networks. New Internet customers can still get in on our promotional offer for new customers – a gig of internet for only $49.95. That introductory offer is good for three months, but even after that, Lynxx Networks customers still get the area’s fastest internet at the best price.Our “everyday” price for a gig is $79.95 per month. The gig is a great option for families who stream, text, video chat, use smart devices, smart appliances, have multiple devices online at a time, work or school from home, and more.

So refer your friends today. They get the area’s fastest internet and you get a bill credit. Win-win.

INTRODUCING LYNXX NETWORKS
ENGINEERING NETWORK TECHNICIANS

Al Wroblewski

Where are you from? I was born and raised in the Tomah area, and have lived in the area all my life.

Previous experience / education: I graduated from WITC in Rice Lake, WI with an Associates Degree in Telecommunications. Following my graduation, I accepted a job with Lemonweir Valley Telephone Co. where I worked for 11 years. I then accepted a job with CenturyLink in Tomah and spent 6 years there before returning to Lynxx Networks in June of 2020.

The best thing about your role as an Engineering Network Technician: Getting to be part of a team that provides outstanding services and great customer service. I’ve enjoyed getting to work with old friends again, as well as working for a great company.

Hobbies: I enjoy deer hunting, elk hunting, shooting trap, and being outdoors with my dog – a chocolate lab named Jack.

Jesse Roush

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Tomah, WI.

Previous experience/education: I graduated from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake, WI in 2003 with a degree in telecommunications. I started my career as a business tech with Kish Telecom in La Crosse, WI before moving to Florida to work as a residential installer for a cable company called Knology. I later moved back to Wisconsin and worked for First Business Solutions, and then Centurytel/Centurylink for 13.5 years before taking this position with Lynxx.

Best thing about your role as an Engineering Network Technician: Learning all of the new technology that Lynxx has to offer. I’m enjoying being part of a great team that is dedicated to its customers.

Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, shooting clays. In my free time I enjoy house projects andspending time with friends and family, or anything outdoors.

WATERFEST 2020 SPONSOR

Waterfest 2020

With the impact this year has had on our local businesses and communities, Lynxx Networks is proud to have been a name event sponsor of the 2020 Waterfest – a celebration of Juneau county’s natural resources, lakes, and rivers.

L-R: Tamaya Loewe, Waterfest Committee Chair; Gary Robison, President of Lynxx Networks and founder of Waterfest; Jessica Bilski, owner of “On the Line”

MEET BRYCE NEWCOMB

About Bryce

Bryce, a senior at Tomah High School, has worked at Lynxx Networks for over a year now. He started as summer help last year and continued part-time during the school year through Tomah’s school-to-work program. While at Lynxx Networks, Bryce has learned how to wire phones, and install Internet and TV services. His favorite thing to do is go to homes and do installations. Bryce says working at Lynxx Networks has helped him to gain direction on a career path in a very short amount of time.

Bryce’s Tech Tip

If your devices are not working, try rebooting first. If that doesn’t work, give us a call and we will do everything we can to troubleshoot remotely before making the trip to your home.

Bryce, left, at the Lynxx Networks office in Camp Douglas with Network Engineering Manager Kevin Barth ( center) and Network Engineer Ben Grilley (right)

APPS THAT REMIND YOU TO TAKE A BREAK

Stand Up! The Work Break Timer (iOS)

Cost: Free
This app can be completely customized to your work schedule. You can use it to remind yourself to move at intervals from 5 minutes to 2 hours. It also includes a countdown timer until your next break.

Stretching Exercises – Flexibility Training (Android)

Cost: Free
This app helps you to incorporate stretching as a part of your daily life to reduce muscle stiffness, release pain, improve flexibility and relieve stress. If you sit at a desk most of the day, you may experience neck, back, and shoulder pain. These exercises can help. Each one is about 3 to 4 minutes.

Randomly RemindMe (Android)

Cost: Free
Do you have trouble remembering to do certain things during the day? Maybe you’d like to drink more water, go for walks, or something else. If you’re trying to make a habit or eliminate one, this app helps with just that. You can set several custom reminders to help you along your path to better habits.

StretchMinder: Stand Up & Move (iOS)

Cost: Free
StretchMinder is a work break guide, built for desk-bound professionals, or anyone that needs to take regular movement breaks. The app features a library of workplace-friendly, guided break routines that are specially designed to be done at your desk, while sitting, or standing up.

EyeLeo (Windows)

Cost: Free | Get it at EyeLeo.com
This app sends you reminders to rest your eyes. It dims your screen and leads you through eye exercises. It also disables the monitor for your chosen length of time to lengthen your eye breaks.

TAKE A VIRTUAL BREAK

Virtual Break

There’s no debating it – screen usage is up in our pandemic environment. Screen time for kids and adults alike shot up in the spring of 2020 when safer at home orders were issued, and the trend continues as schools and workplaces have shifted to virtual offices and classrooms.

While technology is an amazing tool, as with anything, there’s a line between useful and too much of a good thing. It might be tempting to check social media or text messages during a work or school break, but Timothy Bjelland, Chief Medical Officer at Mile Bluff Medical Center, said with prolonged screen time, it is recommended to take a three-to-five minute break every two hours, and a more substantial break for physical activity every four hours.

“Whenever working in a low-activity environment, where most of the work is done online or from a sitting position, it is important to take regular breaks,” said Bjelland, adding that, “It has been well documented that it is medically helpful to get up and walk, to change positions, and to stand, flexing and extending your body and joints.”

So what activities are helpful during a screen break? Bjelland said that doing something as simple as getting up and walking – even if just for a few minutes – has health benefits. He added that performing range-of-motion movements, like head and arm circles, are also a good option.

“Even during short breaks, it is possible to be more active; this takes you away from having to bend forward to view a screen, and to have pressure on your lower back by staying in the same seated position for too long,” Bjelland said.

Tricia Klatt, Director of Community Outreach and Occupational Health/Business Development at Tomah Health added that it’s important to not to ignore the way hours of screen time affect other parts of the body – the eyes, for example.

“Virtual breaks are important to relieve any tensions or stress on the eyes or bad body posture,” she said. Eyes track differently when reading a written page than reading from a screen. Electronic reading can result in blurred vision, redness, dryness and irritation, along with weaker eye muscles that tire more easily. Klatt said over the course of a work or school day, it is healthy to do things like print off e-mails or assignments instead of reading them virtually; make a written to-do list to help move eyes away from a screen; or break up tasks to limit reading from a screen.

In addition to the physical benefits, Bjelland said virtual breaks are beneficial for one’s mental health as well. “We encourage people to be mindful, which is simply using your mind to focus on other activities, and just “being in the moment” – it helps to improve overall mood,” he said.

In a pandemic environment, where so many are working and schooling virtually, Bjelland said its especially important to pay attention to mental health right now, as the inability to leave the home environment can cause increased feelings of anxiety and frustration.

“Mental breaks allow you the time to focus on positive and productive thoughts about your life, family, and other important relationships,” he said.
After the work day, it is also beneficial to give the body at least two hours of screen-free time prior to bedtime. Setting screens aside for two hours before bedtime is helpful to the sleep cycle, as the blue light from TVs and other screens works to disrupt the natural sleep cycle. For older kids, try using a real alarm clock and keeping their phone out of the bedroom to help promote a healthy night of rest.

Stay Moving

Keep movement in your day with these ideas:

  1. Range-of-motion movements:
    Head circles: make sure to go both forward and backward.
    Arm circles: arch the back change the position to the feet, and move arms in large circles both forward and backward.
  2. Drink more water. Not only is water good for the body, but it gets you up and moving when nature calls.
  3. Swap your dining room or office chair for a stability ball.
  4. If you’re at home, make an effort to move around the house at least once an hour or go take a walk around the block.