RHINELANDER - Nicolet College just got a very generous donation.
Dr. Lee Swank of Rhinelander donated five-acres of land to the Nicolet College Foundation. School leaders say the donation will have a big impact on students wanting to get a college education.
"We are going to be able to sell this property, and have a countless number of scholarships come out of it to help people who probably wouldn't otherwise be able to afford a college education," said Heather Schallock, executive director of the Nicolet College Foundation.
So far, the foundation has awarded more than $350,000 in scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year. All of those scholarships are made possible through donations to the foundation. Leaders say not all donations are in the form of money, and that any type donation is greatly appreciated.
"What we are looking for in the majority of our contributions and donations that we accept is a way to be able to take that gift and have an immediate impact on our students and their education," said Schallock.
The land Dr. Swank donated is located in Iron County, Michigan right on Smokey Lake. All the proceeds from the sale of the land will be given out as scholarships to people looking to attend Nicolet Area Technical College.
The college has the land up for sale. For more information, contact Heather Schallock at the Nicolet Foundation Office by calling 715-365-4518.
To view the official listing of the property, follow the link below:
STEVENS POINT - A former Portage County doctor could go to prison for sexually assaulting his patients. Wilton Calderon pled guilty to three felonies Friday.
Calderon was a caregiver at the Plover Family Practice until leaving it in 2015. He then moved to Connecticut.
At least seven women accused Calderon of sexually assaulted them during appointments. Some patients said Calderon placed his genitals in their hands and performed unwanted gynecological exams by penetrating them with his fingers.
SUGAR CAMP - Update Feb. 17, 2017 10:20 p.m. -- The woman who runs an Oneida County animal rescue could face animal mistreatment charges.
Oneida County Deputies booked Stephanie Schneider on Thursday. She is due in court on Feb. 27.
Last week, deputies removed 39 dogs from Schneider's "It Matters to One" in Sugar Camp and put them at the Oneida County Humane Society.
Police are recommending charges to the district attorney, which include failing to provide food and water, mistreating animals, and obstructing officers.
People who know Schneider say they can't believe this is happening.
"I'm just heartsick about this, and I'm sick at heart for her," said LynnAnn Thomas, a Sugar Camp resident who says she's friends with Stephanie Schneider.
"Those are her children. She would never, ever , ever mistreat them," Thomas said.
But that's exactly what police believe Schneider did. Last week they removed the dogs from the facility after a weeks-long investigation that was prompted by complaints and concerns from several people.
"People that had worked or volunteered there were concerned about the conditions that the dogs were in and the fact that they were not receiving food or water," said Oneida County Sheriff's Capt. Terri Hook.
Those accusations baffle Thomas.
"I been over there several times, it's always been meticulously clean, happy dogs," Thomas said.
Thomas believes whatever condition the dogs were in, they came to Schneider that way.
"She does get some really, really, really desperate cases, and I imagine that they take a long time to heal," Thomas said.
Thomas added she got her own dog from It Matters To One a few years ago.
"I got my little Hankey, he came in in really bad shape, and she wouldn't let me have him until he was nursed back to health," Thomas said.
Since the dogs were removed, It Matters to One posted certificates of veterinary inspections on its Facebook page for most of the 39 dogs. The Sheriff's Office has seen those and is including them in its investigation, which is ongoing and may not end soon.
"Just to ensure that all the dogs are healed and make sure they've received all the care they need," Hook said.
Newswatch 12 has reached out to It Matters to One and has been communicating with the rescue via email.
The state Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection is helping the sheriff's office with its investigation and will decide if the rescue can keep its license.
Newswatch 12 also reached out to the veterinarian who conducted the inspections for the rescue, but has not yet heard back.
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