MERRILL - "If people are looking for a great Halloween scare this is the Haunted House they want to come to," said Hauted Sawmill Creator.
We take you behind the scene of this year's Haunted Sawmill hosted by the Merrill Boy Scout 599.
Dark twists and turns reveal scary scenes right out of a horror film. From mad doctors to blood smeared insane asylums. This spooky tour is bound to give you a freight.
"From the moment they get in line from the moment they exit out the door there's going to be something going on the draw their attention. We have actors outside have actors inside. It's just an all-around incredible experience," said Hersil.
It took more than 40 boys to convert this old sawmill into a house of horrors.
They've been working on it since May.
Hersil said "The building lends itself perfectly for what we want to do. It looks run down. It's creepy, it looks abandon."
This year's theme-Vincent Mudget--the mad sawmill owner who murders anyone who enters. But don't worry he died years ago…or did he?
"You'll see Vincent, Vincent will actually find you if you come in," said Hersil.
The Haunted House is more than just for fun it's a way for the boy scouts to bond and learn valuable skills.
Assistant Scout Master, Dave Stenberg, said "Leadership, construction skills the boys are involved in all phases of it. They'll hang sheeting, weld 2X4's together, putting netting on the top."
So enter if you dare…
"Bring a lot of your friends with you for protection. Hide in the middle of the group. Don't be on the front end or back end because that's where our scarers will get you. But you'll have a good time. Even though we're here to terrify you it's a good time," said Hersil.
Tickets are $7 but if you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to local food pantries then it's $6.
You can win free tickets by answering their daily trivia question on their Facebook page.
MADISON - An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.
Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor, says in an email that Walker's office notified Taylor's office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday.
Taylor, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, developed the legislation in response to three high-profile deaths in the last 10 years. None of those incidents resulted in criminal charges.
Supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force. But police observers say the bill could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done the investigations themselves.
The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year.
NORTHWOODS - People in Wisconsin love their beer, but alcohol is a big problem in the Northwoods. Experts want people to remember that alcohol is a drug and should never be abused.
Alcohol is a depressant and slows down the central nervous system. Experts feel drinking here in the Northwoods has become too normalized.
“When you talk to people even from the Northwoods community alcohol goes hand in hand with family gatherings , graduation, prom, hunting, snowmobiling, recreational activities,” says Katie Kennedy, Options Counseling Service Clinician. “It's kind of created this normalized look at alcohol that it's okay to do that in these environments or in these situations when it actually really increases risks.”
It's not just adults that have alcohol problems. Kids under 21 are finding unique ways to abuse the drug. Some have even resorted to snorting alcohol as a means to get drunk faster.
“What happens anytime you ingest a substance as far as snorting like right into your nose it goes into your mucus membrane,” says Kennedy. “So instead of drinking alcohol whereas it's processed through your system it's a process, the alcohol goes immediately into your body into your blood stream it affects you a lot quicker.”
In 2012 Wisconsin was the number one state for binge drinking. That's according to the Center for Disease Control. April is alcohol awareness month.
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