RHINELANDER - We hear a lot about what veterans deal with after they get home. Their transition is anything but easy.
One Rhinelander business wanted to help them heal in a unique way.
Rhinelander Honda donated $3,000 to Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk.
The camp gets veterans, families, and active service members back to nature.
They hope to help them heal from post-traumatic stress and other combat injuries.
"The big thing was the awareness," Rhinelander Honda Sales Manager Dave Rushman said. "They're right in our backyard, we didn't know really about them, so by sending out 20-thousand mailers, it helps raise awareness for it, instead of just writing a check and having it go away."
Rhinelander Honda sent out the mailers to bring customers in.
They donated $10 for every test drive, and $100 for every car sold during a New Years promotion.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
MERRILL - People on the west side of Merrill will need to put up with the sound of construction this summer. What was once an empty lot will now be the site of the Stonebridge Apartments. The apartments are a new source of affordable housing in Merrill and should be complete by the late summer.
When you're looking at Park Place apartments in Merrill, you might confuse the building with something else.
"I think Park Place looks like a 1970s dormitory at UW Madison," said Merrill Area Housing Authority Executive Director Paul Russell.
But a new apartment complex being built just across the street is going to offer a different look.
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