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Northwoods Residents Walk in March of DimesSubmitted: 04/20/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


Photos By Shardaa Gray

WAUSAU - It wasn't exactly nice weather to walk in, but that didn't stop Northwoods residents doing it anyway to raise awareness for babies born too soon, or with illnesses.

"The walk was actually pretty fun considering it was so cold," said march participant, Jodi Sleznikow.

"I had a lot of coworkers and other people that we know that were walking along side of us and it kinda got to be a long three mile walk with our three kids, but it was really fun.

This is the 75th anniversary for the March of Dimes.

The money raised supports programs to help moms complete healthy, full-term pregnancies.

It also funds research to find answers for serious problems that threaten babies.

"As a mother of four children and I lost my first, I just feel that this is a great organization," March of Dimes Fundraiser, Jean Hasler said.

"A lot of people may have forgotten about that because of all the other nonprofit organizations. I think this is just a wonderful cause."

Marcus Brennan was born weighing one pound, ten ounces.

He's now a healthy three-year-old and his nurse says it's pretty amazing to see him walking.

"His heart had stopped. He needed a pace maker. Just to see him here and to see him running around like every other child, is pretty special," said Nadal Nurse, Sarah Walder.

"He was probably one of the longest babies that we've had and we all got to know him in the NICU. So he holds a special place in our hearts."


If you missed the march, Stevens Point, Green Bay and Eau Claire will hold their own April 27th.

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NORTHWOODS - Prescription drugs play an important role in our health.

They help us recover if we're sick, cope if we have a chronic condition and help manage pain.

But those drugs can expire or just stay in the back of our medicine cabinets for months or years.

And if those drugs get into the wrong hands—such as toddlers or abusers—that's a problem.

That's why many local police and sheriff's departments participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back program.

It's run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Saturday was National Take-Back Day.

"We're keeping the controlled substances in the hands they're supposed to be in, especially with the pill epidemic now, it's important that these stay out of the hands of people that are abusing them," said Minocqua Police Officer Matthew Tate. 

Several area police departments hosted drop-offs Saturday. 

You can drop off prescription or over-the-counter pills, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, vials and pet medications. You cannot bring in inhalers or aerosol cans, and you cannot drop off illegal drugs or needles.

All the drugs are brought to the state Department of Justice where they will be incinerated.

That's better than just flushing them or throwing them out in the trash.

"It's very important that it's not getting into our ground water is the main thing," Tate said. "We just don't want people dumping them in toilets or in their garbage."

If you have prescription drugs you want to get rid of safely, don't worry if you missed Saturday's opportunity. Many area police stations have drug drop-off bins in their lobbies, so you can drop them off any time of the year.


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MINOCQUA - You know summer in the Northwoods will soon be here when seasonal businesses start opening up again.

Wildwood Wildlife Park opened up Saturday in Minocqua.

Hundreds of people rushed to the gate today to see all different types of animals, some local and some exotic.

"We are so busy today but it's a beautiful day to come out to Wildwood," said the park's director Judy Domaszek. "This is one of our baby aoudads, it's an African sheep, and as you can see in the background there are many people busy playing with the baby goats, and the sheep and the pigs and the tortoises, and they're just enjoying their day."

On Saturday the park had a giraffe feeding.

Workers also have been renovating and expanding the park.

The park has many new animals on the way, including some baby animals that were born there.

"The mouflon sheep are new, we've got some new reptiles, we have some new babies that we're going to have down in the nursery in a little while," Domaszek said. "We actually had a baby badger born here at the zoo. And we have a baby kangaroo. Those guys are all coming down when it's safe to come down."

Wildwood is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Then after Memorial Day the park stays open till 5:30 p.m. for the summer. 


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The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department says  36-year-old Justin Bohn of Wisconsin Rapids shot and killed his 5-year-old daughter, Paige, and his 3-year-old son, Devon.



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