MINOCQUA - A Wisconsin Department of Justice Special Agent believes synthetic drugs are on the rise in Wisconsin. That's what he told parents and community leaders Thursday night in Minocqua.
The synthetic drugs are marketed as legal and harmless. They vary from potpourri to bath salts. Both are labeled as not for human consumption, but can be crushed and smoked to get high.
Bob Kovar is a prevention specialist at the Marshfield Clinic. He's a member of the Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach Northwoods Coalition. He's seen the dangerous effects of these drugs in person.
"They could potentially die," Kovar said. "Their body core heat is up, they're having seizers, they're combative."
Lawmakers make certain ingredients illegal, but producers find a new ingredient before the law even takes effect.
State Lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would broaden the definition of synthetic drugs, which would make them more inclusive of all the various ingredients.
They believe that will help police react more effectively.
The Lac Du Flambeau tribe declared a fight against drugs this spring. Two operations since then have flushed drug users and producers from the reservation.
The tribe is its own sovereign nation, so laws are different than state and local governments.
Kovar says the county and state don't have as much flexibility as the tribe.
"We can't react as fast," Kovar said. "But we can certainly learn and try and react faster."
The special agent held the presentation at Lakeland Union High School.
WASHINGTON D.C. - 33 Korean War Era veterans, 50 Vietnam Era veterans, and 5 World War II Era veterans boarded the 31st Never Forgotten Honor Flight Monday morning.
"[It's] unbelievable what's going on," said one veteran.
Flight #8651 left Central Wisconsin Airport Monday morning for Reagan National Airport. From there, police escorts led buses filled with veterans from around north central Wisconsin to visit memorials in Washington D.C. They visited Korean, Vietnam, and Lincoln Memorials.
CRANDON - Former Crandon School Board President Brian Tupper has resigned from the board, effective early Tuesday morning.
The board voted Jeff Ackley Jr. as its new president and Glen Pfeifer as its vice president at a meeting Monday night. Within hours, of not being re-elected president, Tupper submitted his resignation from the board.
The move leaves the district with a new school board president, no permanent middle/high school principal, and no working superintendent.
ARBOR VITAE - You won't find Neal Anderson where he'd like to be this time of year: on a lake. Instead, he mainly stuck in the shop taking out his frustrations on cedar boards with a saw.
"This is where you get the meaning of the term 'pier pressure,'" Anderson said.
The Northland Docks owner traditionally likes to have his team wearing waders and putting docks in on area lakes this week, but with more than a foot of ice still on many lakes, they're pretty much stuck on shore.
WAUPUN - The remains of an unidentified woman found in a frozen creek in Fond du Lac County nearly 10 years ago will be exhumed this week at a cemetery in Waupun.
Sheriff's officials say forensic anthropologists will examine the remains of "Jane Doe" using techniques that weren't available when her body was found. Through chemical isotope analysis, investigators may learn where the woman lived and her approximate age. DNA testing can determine eye, skin and hair color, as well as genetic ancestry and face shape.
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