WOODRUFF - Northwoods Bears fans might think the most humiliating feeling is putting on a Packer jersey.
But a pink Packer jersey - has to be even worse.
"It's hard to swallow, but you gotta do what you gotta do," says Woodruff's Matt Schuh.
Wearing a pink Packers jersey is even harder to swallow since Schuh is a diehard Chicago Bears fan.
Packers fan Michael Hawke owns a business right next door to Schuch in Woodruff.
"We decided that whoever had the better regular season record, the loser needed to wear a jersey of the opposite team while he worked all week long. Then I was like, 'let's make it a pink jersey'," Hawke says.
Thursday, Schuh was forced to eat lunch outside and wave to drivers on busy Highway 47.
"I had a bunch of customers stop in and stuff, just to give me a little harassment. It's just all good fun and humor. It's all for a good time," he says.
But it was Schuh, the Bears fan, having a better time early in the season.
"When the Seahawks game happened, Matt came in and said, as a Bear fan, I apologize for that, that was a travesty of a game, but you're still going to look pretty in pink. But who's laughing now?" chuckles Hawke.
This is the third year of the bet.
Hawke's worn one pink Brian Urlacher jersey, but it's now one pink Aaron Rodgers, one pink Clay Matthews jersey for Schuh.
The pressure's even higher next season.
"The stakes are going up next year. We are doing the Polar Plunge next year. Loser's gotta go in with the jersey," says Schuh.
MAUSTON - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found unresponsive in Decorah Lake early Friday.
Kyle Lynch, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden for Juneau County, says he was called to the scene to assist in a boat search about 1:30 a.m. He also says the Mauston Fire Department recovered the body, which was found in the water.
The Mauston Police Department says attempts were made to rescue the individual, but the Juneau County Coroner's Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Police have provided few other details, and the victim's name has not been released.
APPLETON - The U.S. Marshals Service says a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton.
The agency says 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision.
The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday.
Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, says Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."
WAUSAU - This has been Wisconsin's deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, with two shooting fatalities already recorded.
Daily Herald Media reports (http://wdhne.ws/1HvNth3 ) that the two fatalities brought to an end a three-year series of seasons that had been free of firearm deaths. Four other hunters also have been wounded.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters violated some of the fundamental rules of gun safety in all the incidents.
A man was killed last Sunday in Columbia County when he was shot while passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off. On Monday, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet.
TOMAH - The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care.
The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QMsDMZ) that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive doses of opioid pain-killers and that employees who spoke out faced retaliation from top officials.
The plan, which follows a 30-day plan announced in May, outlines steps for improving access to care, employee engagement and restoring trust.
Among other things, it calls for recruitment of psychiatric staff, employee forums and listening sessions, and opening an employee wellness center.
Several Tomah VA officials — including former Director Mario Desanctis and former Chief of Staff David Houlihan — have been fired since the problems emerged early this year.
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