WAUSAU - The Marathon County Sheriff's Office could use an image makeover. A year filled with a legal investigation into the sheriff's wife, the sheriff himself resigning and a brutal jail attack will do that.
But a newly named sheriff might be the one to rebuild the department.
Governor Walker named Chief Deputy Scott Parks as the new Marathon County Sheriff today.
Parks has been with the county for the last 33 years.
He's worked as the highway traffic safety coordinator, led the special response team and spent time on the special investigations unit. He became Chief Deputy in 2007.
Governor Walker called Parks a calm and compassionate leader.
We'll get a chance to meet Parks at a swearing-in ceremony Thursday morning.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.
"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.
The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade. Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.
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