ARBOR VITAE - Golf is still important to Laura Lee, even at the age of 95. She took up the sport in her 50's and continues to hit the links as often as possible.
"I enjoy it and I think that's half of life," Lee explains. "If you get out and do something that you enjoy."
Her husband taught her to play, but she says the game wasn't easy at first.
"He was a wonderful golfer," Laura says. "I must say that I hit the ball very badly. If I didn't do it right, he told me. (laughs)"
Laura's golf buddies are her biggest fans.
"She just goes up and takes this little relaxed swing," adds Bonnie Butzer, one of Laura's playing partners. "And the ball just flies out there and I'm in awe."
Another player in the group, Shirley Lang says, "She's little, but she can hit that ball with her Tiger Woods club."
The ladies say they've learned a lot from Laura over the years.
"Laura's very calm and that's something I'm trying to learn from her," adds Butzer.
One of Lee's favorite memories was when she got a hole in one.
"I got a hole in one. We couldn't find the ball so we thought we'd look in the hole and sure as shootin' there it was!"
It's clear Laura loves the game of golf and the camaraderie, but it also helps keep her active at her age.
"Being 95 is, as the doctor told me, don't be a couch potato," says Lee. "It's one way to get out and get exercise and it's fun. Well I tell you, as long as the Lord keeps me here on this earth, and I expect to be here for a while yet."
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.
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."
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