MERRILL - The Lincoln County Humane Society doesn't think twice when it comes to finding animals a new home.
But now the organization needs a new home of its own.
"All of our storage and things like that just need to be completely removed just so we have more space to extend the kennels," said Lincoln County Humane Society Director Liz Friedenfels.
Friedenfels is now preparing for some construction.
"We have volunteers who are going to do the demolition and reassemble the new kennels and the new kennels that we will be purchasing will be used in the new building. But unfortunately it's just a big push to get that done," said Friedenfels.
The renovations on their current building will bring them up to code with new state puppy mill laws.
But the changes may only be used for a few years.
The next step is construction for an all-new building in the same location.
After some struggles, they're headed in the right direction.
"There was some concern with the county about the EXPO center, and things like that, but AGRA Industries did a design where both buildings would still fit and we'd be able to remain on our existing lot," said Friedenfels.
Their goal is to start the building process next summer.
They've raised 75 thousand dollars towards the 800 thousand dollar project.
"We've been very lucky to have community support you know our community has always been here for us and we're very blessed for that," said Friedenfels.
You can donate directly to the Lincoln County Humane Society in Merrill.
The Humane Society is also looking for volunteers to take in animals during the construction.
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.
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.
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.
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