MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke raised eyebrows when he released a radio ad urging residents to learn to handle firearms to protect themselves. Now he says he's using taxpayer funds to air them.
Clarke says the ads that first aired last month are public safety announcements.
Clarke's department has an $84.9 million budget for 2013. Eighty five percent comes from county property taxes. Most of the rest comes from state and federal funds.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel couldn't figure out the exact amount being spent on the ad from invoices and other department records.
But Clarke's office has agreed to buy more than $17,000 in radio ads this year. That includes the gun-themed ads.
RHINELANDER - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge. The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.
Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather. Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.
This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016. The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.
MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations. The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.
The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program. The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed. Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.
ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.
Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.
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