ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Making the future better begins with our kids. That's why Big Brothers Big Sisters is RE-launched its Northwoods chapter.
The organization is hosting a relaunch party tonight at Harbor View in Phillips. The branch had financial troubles and is now re-starting.
"The Northwoods branch now consists of Oneida, Vilas, Price, and Taylor counties. We'll be combining with Northwestern Wisconsin which is Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dune, St. Croix, and Pierce counties," says Craig Monson, Northwoods Branch CEO.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring organization. It places adults with kids who face adversity. The Northwoods branch is looking for adults that could spend about 1 hour each week with a child. Volunteering is rewarding, plus you can help out a kid in need.
"Our kids come from all different kinds of backgrounds, but we know that studies show that kids will improve in academic performance, school attendance, self-confidence, set higher goals for themselves, and just overall achieve higher goals in life," said Monson
The branch's goal is to serve about 15 kids this year. By 2014, they want to up that to 40 or 50 kids.
IRON COUNTY - Humans aren't equipped for single-digit and sub-zero temperatures, but huskies definitely are.
During cold snaps like this week, dog sled drivers can't pass up an opportunity to take the dogs out running—dog sledding or skijoring.
MJ Slone and Chad McGrath in Springstead have 11 huskies at their home. All the dogs are from shelters or families that can't take care of them anymore.
"It was often a sled driver with a team who had maybe 30, 40, 50 dogs and one dog wouldn't fit the team anymore or teams so we would get it," said McGrath.
For Slone and McGrath, taking in dogs started more than 20 years ago.
"Well, I brought home a pup from Alaska because I had worked up there doing some consulting work," said Slone. "My idea was to skijor, which was a fairly new thing in 1990 in the U.S….And then I realized dogs don't like to run alone, so I got another dog….and then I got another dog."
These dogs aren't competitive —they're mostly for recreational racing. Slone and McGrath host outdoor groups and school kids for sled dog racing throughout the winter. They encourage people to get out and try these sports during the winter, even if it's bitterly cold.
"It's the partnership with the dogs," Slone said. "They bring an enthusiasm to your life that you just can't get….They are always happy to see you."
MINOCQUA - Channeling your child's energy can be quite a task. The Family Resource Connection from Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin has found a way to combine music and movement to stimulate your child's development.
The Music Garden program is designed to awaken your child's imagination while celebrating the remarkable bond shared between you.
WAUSAU - Wausau Police want to find a convicted dog killer now accused of prostitution.
They're looking for 23-year-old Sean Janas. In 2014, Janas was convicted on two felonies for poisoning her boyfriend's dog. She spent a year and a half in prison after she was convicted in the death of the German shepherd-Labrador mix.
Last month, an undercover officer got in touch with Janas, who was advertising as an escort on the website Backpage.
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