TOMAHAWK - While waiting for spring to get here, one group of high schoolers is jumping ahead, all the way to summer. A sports and entertainment marketing class at Tomahawk High School is planning a big party. They're working with the Tomahawk Chamber to host the first annual Party in the Park in July.
The event will have food, fun, and entertainment for the whole family. Students are organizing all aspects of the event, as well as designing flyers and getting the word out.
"Kind of give them a real world experience, give them a real job, not just something their simulating. So it's a win-win for the whole community," says Tamra Anderson, Tomahawk Chamber Executive Director.
The students have encountered some challenges. But the chamber director has been impressed with the students hard work so far.
"It's been really fun. I've been in the classroom for about three weeks working with them now. It's a total great experience for my self working with the students. We've had a lot of fun. We have some really, really talented students in the class," says Tamra Anderson.
The class still has a lot to do before the event. That includes doing work after school finishes in summer. But they say it's been worth it.
"It's been a fun experience but it also has deadlines and those deadlines have to be met." says Slava Perrodin, a senior in the class.
The event is set to kick off the summer holiday in Tomahawk on July 3rd in Veterans Memorial Park.
WAUSAU - This has been Wisconsin's deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, with two shooting fatalities already recorded.
Daily Herald Media reports (http://wdhne.ws/1HvNth3 ) that the two fatalities brought to an end a three-year series of seasons that had been free of firearm deaths. Four other hunters also have been wounded.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters violated some of the fundamental rules of gun safety in all the incidents.
A man was killed last Sunday in Columbia County when he was shot while passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off. On Monday, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet.
APPLETON - The U.S. Marshals Service says a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton.
The agency says 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision.
The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday.
Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, says Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."
MAUSTON - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found unresponsive in Decorah Lake early Friday.
Kyle Lynch, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden for Juneau County, says he was called to the scene to assist in a boat search about 1:30 a.m. He also says the Mauston Fire Department recovered the body, which was found in the water.
The Mauston Police Department says attempts were made to rescue the individual, but the Juneau County Coroner's Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Police have provided few other details, and the victim's name has not been released.
TOMAH - The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care.
The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QMsDMZ) that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive doses of opioid pain-killers and that employees who spoke out faced retaliation from top officials.
The plan, which follows a 30-day plan announced in May, outlines steps for improving access to care, employee engagement and restoring trust.
Among other things, it calls for recruitment of psychiatric staff, employee forums and listening sessions, and opening an employee wellness center.
Several Tomah VA officials — including former Director Mario Desanctis and former Chief of Staff David Houlihan — have been fired since the problems emerged early this year.
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