CRANDON - Crandon hosted its first ever National Night Out tonight.
The event has been strengthening police and community relationships in cities and towns all over the country for 29 years.
"We want the community and especially the kids to walk away knowing that law enforcement officers aren't necessarily a negative thing," said local organizer Ashley Thompson. "We wanted to be able to bring our police and community together in a positive way and show that we want to fight crime."
Those are serious goals, but Thompson created fun ways to get the message across.
Officers were grilling, getting soaked in the dunk tank, and giving tours of the jail.
"Don't be scared of police officers, they're just protecting our neighborhoods and protecting us," said 11-year-old Jade Kitchmaster.
The Crandon Public Library also gave out child identification cards, and the fire department gave tours of its fire safety house.
MINOCQUA - These plants may look pretty but they're taking over our rivers and lakes. Michele Sadauskas is Oneida County's Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator. She is working to map and control the yellow iris, the plant you see here. She and two other conservation workers spent the day weeding Stacks Bay.
"They invade our wetlands. They're a really robust, aggressive plant. What they do is they crowd out our native species and make actually the wetland a lot less diverse," says Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County AIS Coordinator.
Removing yellow iris is a slow process. It takes three hours of work just to properly map and control 20 feet of shoreline.
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