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Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition Provides Resources to New MothersSubmitted: 03/06/2013

Melissa Constanzer
Morning Meteorologist/Reporter
mconstanzer@wjfw.com


ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Moms always want what's best for their babies. But often they're not sure how to begin with nutrition. One local organization can help with that.

The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition offers resources for women interested in, or need help with breastfeeding. Not all mothers are able to breastfeed but doctors and nurses encourage it.

"Time and money saved and also just the immunity for babies. Babies are born with very little immunities so they get that protection from their moms. So typically women that breastfeed have babies with lower ear infection rates and allergies," says Brenda Husing, RD and Lactation Specialist.

The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition provides resources for mothers who breastfeed. Their mission is to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

"Moms really want to do what's best for their baby and if things aren't going exactly the way they read in the books, they're going to start to feel like they're doing something wrong," says Sarah Alberg, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for the coalition.

Sarah Alberg is a member of the coalition and works one-on-one with new mothers. She takes the time to get to know each mom.

"They would feel comfortable that if there is a time when they needed some help, they could text me at midnight if they needed to and I would be able to just respond to them and not give them a hard time. Just to offer them support," says Alberg.

For more information on the Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition, visit the link.

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RHINELANDER -  A Northwoods veterans group wants people to remember those who died serving our country. 

The Oneida County Veterans Council held a Memorial Day ceremony in Rhinelander on Monday.

The Rhinelander High School band and choir performed at the ceremony.

Mayor Dick Johns was the speaker. 

Event organizers hope people take time on Memorial Day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. 

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WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin DNR wants to know if it has the right plans for beavers in the state. The final public feedback period is open for the new beaver management plan.

The document will guide decisions on beavers through 2025. The final draft touches on topics like population, habitat, and damage management. The current draft recommends keeping beaver populations mostly stable in the state.

Public input for the final beaver management plan is open through June 22. The DNR will also host a public meeting on June 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the DNR Service Center in Rhinelander to take comments.

You can read the final draft of the plan by clicking the link below. Another link shows opportunities for feedback.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Last Thursday, 15 members of the Oneida County community graduated from Leadership Oneida County. The nine-month program aims to give participants a better understanding of the county's resources and to improve participation in organizations throughout the county.

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EDGAR - Marathon County authorities say a woman has died from drowning in a pool in Edgar in central Wisconsin.

Lt. Tim Burkholder of the Marathon County Sheriff's Department says it happened sometime after midnight Monday.

While the investigation is ongoing, he says the drowning appears to be accidental.

The department is withholding the victim's name and other details for now.

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ST. GERMAIN - A popular Northwoods tradition kicked off its 40th season today. The St. Germain Flea Market draws thousands of bargain hunters each week during the summer.

The market attracts nearly 400 vendors every week. Vendors showcase everything from homemade crafts and artwork to plants and homemade treats.

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MERRILL - Hundreds of people gathered in Merrill on Monday to honor the lives of the service men and women lost over the years.

"From the Second World War, there were over 400,000 men and women who lost their lives, and it took a tremendous toll on our young people," said World War II veteran Richard Bjorklund.

The ceremony featured a guest speaker and acknowledged those still alive who served. People young and old remembered friends and family who are no longer here.

"Everybody worked together, and we still lost guys," said Vietnam War veteran John Jirovec. "It's hard to forget. Really hard to forget."

For one mother, every day is Memorial Day.
 
"My son Ryan, Sergeant Ryan Jopek, was killed in action on August 2, 2006," said Jopek's mother Tracy. "He just turned 20 and was coming home in a couple weeks, but fate didn't have it quite that way, and he didn't make it home, and we miss him every day."

Tears were shed thinking of the memories of loved ones, remembering freedom comes with a price.

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"We all just kind of thought, what a nice idea, to just say thank you to all of our customers. (We thought,) come on out for a free week of golf," said Timber Ridge PGA Professional Jerry Collins.

The course was in great shape by late April. Golfers flooded in to play during the entire week.


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