RHINELANDER - A backhoe ripped down a part of the Oneida County Humane Society on Tuesday morning.
It's the beginning of a new, expanded shelter that will offer more resources for pets and their future families.
The shelter will add space for intake, dog quarantine, and new owner meet-and-greet.
"We've always had the need for the areas that we are going to be able to have when this is finished, but the funding was always an issue," said Humane Society Treasurer Sue Otis.
It took four years of fundraising to get started on the major project. Three years ago, the PETCO Foundation surprised the shelter with a $100,000 donation. It raised more than $300,000 in additional funds after that.
Construction plans call for the Humane Society's extension toward Stevens Street.
"We're excited, and I think it shows. This is animals. There are so many people that love them, and love pets, and anything we can do to help [is good]. We have so many people throughout Oneida County that want to help," Otis said.
The construction should be done in three to four months.
"If we draw more people that come through this building to adopt more animals because it's going to be a more welcoming facility, that is going to show us that we did the right thing," said Otis.
The Humane Society moved animals safely to a different part of the building during demolition.
While construction is underway, the shelter will have different hours for adoption. It will be open 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
BEAVER DAM (AP) - Wisconsin Democratic voters are getting nervous over their large field of candidates running for governor.
The primary isn't until Aug. 14. No one has emerged as the clear front-runner ahead of next weekend's state convention. And no one is showing signs of dropping out.
Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Scott Walker is stockpiling resources and is in the middle of a $1.4 million TV ad campaign where he's run three ads unopposed touting his record.
Democrat Denise Hutchison, of Green Bay, says she hopes the field will narrow. She's optimistic that may happen after this weekend's state Democratic Party convention. But she also thinks whoever wins the primary will get the full support of Democratic voters.
MADISON (AP) - \Wisconsin dairy farmers have broken their streak of year-over-year production increases.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin farmers produced about 2.5 billion pounds of milk last month, down 0.6 percent from 2017.
Bob Cropp is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the slowdown in production is good for milk prices. Prices have been low for three straight years because of an abundance of milk on the market.
The USDA report says there were 5,000 fewer cows in the state compared to last year.
Darin Von Ruden is president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. He says farms that remained open faced cold and snowy conditions this spring.
Cropp says some experts believe milk prices may reach $17 per 100 pounds by November.
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