PARK FALLS - During this time of year, thousands of people enjoy outdoor sports like snowmobiling and ice fishing.
State officials want to remind people to stay safe outdoors. DNR Conservation Warden Dan Michels says anybody on the ice should be careful.
"No ice, is safe ice. The ice safety or ice thickness varies a lot from water body to water body especially on rivers where there's flowing conditions, so we really caution people to take it slow and easy," said Michels.
Michels says people should bring safety items like ice cleats and rope when out on the ice. If you do fall through ice, Michels says having ice picks can be helpful.
"Ice picks such as these ones here. I carry them in my pocket. If you do go through the ice, you can use the picks to get yourself back out," said Michels.
Also remember to bring a cell phone and keep it in a water proof container.
MERRILL - The Merrill Police Department need helping finding anyone involved in several acts of vandalism that happened earlier this week.
Brian Schwartz has lived in his home on River Street in Merrill for almost 10 years. His garage, his neighbor's garage, and the public service building down the street were vandalized. Schwartz reported the vandalism to police on Monday.
Schwartz says this is the first time anyone has vandalized his property.
CRANDON - Terri Burl wanted to ask more questions than make comments during Congressman Sean Duffy's town hall in Crandon on Thursday.
"Everybody's in the state of the unknown right now," Burl said.
Burl, a Republican, was thinking of her 26-year-old son in Oshkosh as she asked Duffy (R-Wausau) about health care concerns. She worries about tax penalties for her uninsured son and the GOP's lack of solid ideas to replace the Affordable Care Act.
MADISON - The Senate judiciary committee is set to vote on four bills that would impose tougher drunken driving penalties.
The Republican proposals would create a five-year minimum prison sentence for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and raise the minimum incarceration period for fifth and sixth offenses from six months to 18 months.
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