MINOCQUA - As most parents know, love is the greatest thing you can give a child. The first ever Foster-Rama event focused on bringing love to children without parental guidence.
Saturday at the Waters of Minocqua was an opportunity to learn.
Kate Gardner is the Director of Social Services in the area. She said Foster-Rama's goal is to inject youth into an aging foster-parenting network.
"A lot of our foster care parents are in their 60's and may soon be out of the foster care business. So what we're trying to do is recruit some new families, and bring them into knowledge as to what they would need to do to become a foster parent."
Trisha Zimmerman is a foster parent in Lac De Flambeau. She became a foster-parent because she wants to give children a fighting chance.
"We see her with her mother. Her mom was addicted to drugs so she was too. So I think there needs to be more community help."
Anu Family Services was Foster-Rama's main sponsor.It's a placement program that serves 75 counties throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.
If you've ever considered becoming a foster parent, visit Anu Family Services' website at www.anufs.org
RHINELANDER - Hockey players in Rhinelander will see some big changes.
After getting a large anonymous donation, the Rhinelander Ice Association will get a new training area, weight room, locker room, and more.
Since work began in August, framing for the building has gone up and dry wall will be put in next week.
"Just the whole project is really exciting and really going to come together and improve Rhinelander, and improve athletics in Rhinelander," said Rhinelander Ice Association Rink Manager Brett Aylesworth.
MADISON - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials have pushed back the release of updates to their chronic wasting disease plan to this spring.
The DNR has a 15-year plan that expires in 2025. It calls for reducing local herds in isolated areas of infection that appear far from known disease clusters but centers largely on monitoring. The DNR's board ordered a review of the plan by this December amid concerns the disease has been spreading.
STEVENS POINT - Stevens Point police want your help finding suspects in two possible stabbings. The stabbings happened early Friday morning and early Sunday morning near downtown Stevens Point.
Friday, four young men got into a fight on Main Street. One man said he was stabbed in the chest. Police say the suspect is a black man in his mid-20s, about 5' 9" tall, with a muscular build and short hair. The victim was treated at the hospital and released.
Sunday morning, police responded to an incident at 2nd Street and Crosby Avenue. Witnesses heard glass breaking and people yelling about a stabbing. Police don't have a victim or suspect description in that case, but they don't believe the two stabbings are connected.
If you have any information about the stabbings, call Detective Sgt. Gruber at 715-346-1518.
You can also call Portage County Crimestoppers to remain anonymous at 888-346-6600.
NORTHWOODS - The high-dosage flu shot for people 65 and older is stronger than the regular one, but holding off for a couple weeks could help keep you flu free for even longer.
The CDC says all ages should get the flu shot as soon as possible, and many pharmacy chains have started pushing shots in the late summer. But some health professionals think waiting a couple weeks might pay off.
"Why they advertise it so early doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. It takes two weeks for it to kick in, and flu season lasts six months. So if you do get vaccinated too early you do run the risk of being prepared for the early part of flu season, but you may not be covered then through the end of flu season," said St. Germain Health Mart pharmacist Jennifer Hansen.
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