MINOCQUA - Animals usually like to hide their newborns to keep them safe, but a mama cat chose the wrong place to hide her litter.
This is Tiki, the only surviving kitten of his litter. Tiki is about seven weeks old. A woman brought him into the Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua a week and an half ago.
"She and her friends had attended a bonfire the night before. Unbeknownst to them, they threw a mattress that had the kittens nestled inside of the mattress," says Karen Seehafer-Petersohn, Certified Veterinary Technician.
The woman pulled the mattress out of the fire when she realized the kittens were inside, but Tiki was the only survivor.
He has 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his legs and paws. The hospital staff wants to remind people that baby animals can easily hide in places - like abandon buildings, garages, and under porches.
"Another thing that we have found in the past is boats. They like to go into boats that have been stored for the winter, get underneath the tarps that have been stored for the winter," says Karen Seehafer-Petersohn.
Tiki still has a high fever and needs a lot of medical care before he can be adopted.
ANTIGO - People around the country will see just how much a police officer killed in the line of duty meant to his family and community.
Karl's Transport in Antigo revealed its newest semi-trailer design Tuesday afternoon. The trailer features Everest Metro Detective Jason Weiland. Weiland, 40, was shot and killed in a shooting rampage around the Wausau area on March 22, 2017.
EAGLE RIVER - Several Northwoods schools wanted to make it clear to their students Wednesday, there's always someone there to talk to. Anti-Bullying and suicide prevention speaker Bob Lenz spoke at Three Lakes and Northland Pines high schools Wednesday. Northland Pines Dean of Students Josh Tilley said he hopes students walk away from the talk knowing they can reach out to at least one person when they feel alone.
"Over the last few years, we've been bringing speakers in, national, local and state speakers so that we can really help our students understand that if they feel different they have the opportunity to be an individual, but if it's hurting them they can get help," said Tilley. Northland Pines staff members recently looked closely at their relationships with students by reviewing class rosters. They want to make sure all students have support.
MARATHON COUNTY - Two important Wisconsin products won't benefit from a possible trade war. It will likely hurt them. Last month President Trump placed tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports. China came back and slapped tariffs on more than 100 U.S. products. The motives are political. But the effects trickle down to hurt local economies.
When it comes to growing ginseng, nobody does it quite like Marathon County.
"Wisconsin ginseng is sort of the cream of the crop when it comes to American ginseng," said Hsu's Ginseng Enterprises Director of Operations Mike Klemp-North.
Ninety percent of the U.S.'s ginseng crop is grown in Wisconsin. Ninety-five percent of that crop is grown in Marathon County.
MADISON - The Legislature's finance committee is giving the Department of Corrections more money to cover prisoner health care.
The agency was budgeted $80.6 million in fiscal year 2017-18 to inmate health care but now expects to spend $90.7 million thanks to rising drug costs, more hospital visits for the prison system's aging inmate population and rising contract nurse costs.
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