EAGLE RIVER - Charities often raise money through bake sales, car washes, raffles and polar plunges.
But one local coffee shop wants to stop sex trafficking by donating bras.
Blend Coffee, Wine, Beer and Food in Eagle River looks to help Free the Girls.
That's a non-profit organization that helps girls and women get out of sex trafficking around the world.
Donated bras can provide a revenue stream for the women in Africa who will receive them.
"They disperse them to the women in need in Africa and if they're gently used bras, they'll take them, mend them. Draw the necessary things to get them ready for sale and if they're new bras they can obviously sell them," Blend Owner, Angela Anderson said.
"What's nice about that is they make three to five times more selling a bra than what they would make in minimum wage in their own country."
A better wage can help those women stay out of the sex trafficking world.
If you have any gently used bras, you can stop by the Blend coffee shop in Eagle River.
RHINELANDER - Nicolet College's Motorcycle Basic Rider Course teaches folks to safely hit the road on their bike.
The class is in full swing for the season.
Nicolet College Rider Coach Mike Murray says even experienced riders can use a "safety brush-up" this time of year.
Riders should always wear their helmet, long pants and shirts, gloves, and boots.
It's also important to keep your eyes moving for critters that come out of the woods,especially deer.
"If you know you're going to hit it: let off your brakes, hit it with your handle bars straight ahead looking straight ahead so that your bike stays straight up," says rider coach Mike Murray.
The course covers the basics about motorcycles and riding techniques.
It's meant to build confidence when you ride, so that you're prepared for emergencies on the road.
"I've been a rider for a long time. When I completed the class, I had to look back and say man there is a lot of stuff I learned here and a lot of things I was doing the wrong way," says program coordinator Mark England.
You have until October to sign up for the Basic Rider Course at Nicolet.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
The beach usually has to be touched up about once a year. The parks department plans on reconstructing the beach to improve it for visitors.
"We talked to the DNR and they don't want us to go too far into the water but we can retake the shoreline that used to exist there," said Biolo.
There was an additional hole created from flooding in the back of the park that drained on to the beach. All of that was filled in and fixed.
The parks department also hopes to make more improvements throughout the season such as new docs.
MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is urging Republican senators to reject a Medicaid expansion he turned down but that most states accepted under the health care law passed by former President Barack Obama.
Walker said in a statement Wednesday that there are "no excuses" for Republicans in Congress not to repeal the law and not allow the Medicaid expansion to grow.
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