MINOCQUA - Equipment that used to help patients in the Marshfield clinic found a new job, with a new sort of client. Specifically, ones with fur or feathers.
The Marshfield Clinic donated an endoscope to the Northwoods Animal Hospital last month. Already doctors have used the equipment to save a loon's life.
"The Loon would not have made it if we'd had to do surgery because its a type of animal that is very fragile.... This procedure, we performed it with Dr. Franks and he was able to do the procedure, it took maybe 10 minutes, and the hooks were removed and the loon was released 2 days later."
Most animal hospitals don't have access to equipment like this. Dr. Theuerkauf is happy to have it. He says there are many times where an endoscope can save a pet from going under the knife. "Say it swallows your diamond ring. We can go in and retrieve that. Or a battery. A battery can be very detrimental to the intestinal tract"
Dr. Franks from the Marshfield Clinic is also donating his time to train Dr. Theuerkauf how to use the new equipment.
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.
FOX CROSSING - State justice officials say a police officer in the Fox Valley has fatally shot a suspect.
The Department of Justice says Fox Crossing police responded to a report of a man threatening people at Fritze Park Wednesday afternoon. Police say numerous people called about a man who they said was acting erratically and was armed with a knife.
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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