MINOCQUA - Hunger can make people desperate. One out of every eight people in the world don't get enough food or nutrition.
That's why hundreds of people gathered at Lakeland Union High School Saturday to pack meals with rice, minerals and other nutritious items.
Some like John Neisen, who works with the Food for Kidz organization based in Stewert,Minn, have seen the struggle of malnutrition first hand.
"I have seen little kids (overseas) digging in garbage piles," Neisen said. "If there is one thing that this (event) can prevent is having those kids eat off of garbage piles."
Food for Kidz formed nearly a decade ago to help get meals to malnourished children around the world. Workers pack meals with rice, minerals and other nutritious items. The bags hold 6 meals.
John Breiten and a friend organized the first Food for Kidz event in Minocqua six years ago.
"What we find is that the kids overseas are just so malnourished, that this special diet was developed for this particular packing," Breiten said.
Barbara Logan has volunteered for every Food for Kidz drive in Minocqua. She enjoys the event because it pulls the community closer together.
"I like the fact that it involves people from about three-years-old to old people who are great-grandparents and so forth," Logan said. "They are all working around the table and all working for the common goal."
Volunteers hoped to bag more than 150 thousand meals. Each meal costs about 15 cents. People in the area helped raise $22,500 to pay for the food.
Neisen says the food goes to children in Honduras and Haiti.
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.
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.
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.
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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