ANTIGO - Swimmers at the Clara McKenna Aquatic Center in Antigo will be able to breathe easier. That's because a big donation helped the center pay for new air handling equipment.
The Remington Foundation donated $100,000. The new air handlers will save the center more than $40,000 in utility costs. They'll also make the air healthier.
"The best thing about it is that the atmosphere at the pool is going to be better. We're going to be clearing our rooms of the chlorine smell. It's going to be healthier for our patrons, employees, and anyone who uses the facility," said Jeff Neufeld, the aquatic center director.
The new equipment will allow the center to recirculate air even if the outdoor temperature is low. That will help keep the air fresh in the winter.
The aquatic center director believes the new improvements will make the pool a better place for the community.
"This building itself is an investment for the community. It's a wonderful thing for our community to have. [This investment] will not only prolong the building itself, but also all the equipment that is housed in the two rooms," said Neufeld.
The center also got two anonymous donations that helped pay for the upgrades. The total project cost more than half a million dollars.
- If you've ever voted before, you've likely seen the Eagle voter machine take your ballot. But those machines need to be tested before every election to make sure they're working properly. We'll show you how that's done tonight at 5, 6 and 10.
- Plus, an Antigo High School graduate is now a student manager for the Wisconsin Badger Basketball team. We'll tell you his story.
We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
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.
MILWAUKEE - Democratic Party leaders say Milwaukee was chosen to host the presidential debate because of the state's battleground status in the Midwest.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she expects Democrats to do well this fall in Wisconsin considering the position of the Republican field, which she says is far to the right.
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."
LANSING - A state agency has revised Michigan's quarantine for the emerald ash borer to include four more counties in the Upper Peninsula.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Wednesday that the quarantine for the bug now includes Baraga, Dickinson, Marquette, and Menominee counties. The agency said the bug was detected in traps in Dickinson and Marquette counties.
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