TOWN OF PELICAN - It can be difficult to throw a fundraiser. That's why community members combined two causes into one event Sunday.
The town of Pelican Community Club hosted a picnic behind the Pelican Fire Department.
They wanted to raise money for both the fire department and Kids In Need Program.
A representative for the program says the money raised today will help them get supplies for the kids in their program.
"We channel it all back into things we can do for the kids. Sometimes it might be something as simple as getting a pair of shoes for the kid," said Kids In Need member Robert Klitzka. "We take that money and we invest it in our kids."
The representative thinks people sometimes get the wrong idea of what the organization does. The group offers more opportunities to a lot of different kids.
"It's not for needy kids; it's for any kids 11 to 17. We offer the recreation room. All our services are free, but we also offer it to any kid between that age," Klitzka said.
The money raised today will be split in half and will go to both the fire department and the program.
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.
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.
MERRILL - Three years ago, Lincoln County got good news.
The federal government planned to spend $1.5 million to help give rural parts of the county broadband internet access. It was part of Frontier Communications' agreement to accept $283 million for broadband expansion nationwide.
But then, the contractors, equipment, and better internet were slow to arrive.
Now, Frontier is finally at work, but plenty of people are still waiting anxiously for their high-speed connection.
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.
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