Forest Co. Humane Society gets new equipment thanks to ASPCA grantSubmitted: 07/03/2020
CRANDON - The Forest County Humane Society works around the clock to help animals find forever homes. But taking care of those animals during their stay doesn't just take a lot of time; it takes a lot of money, too.

The shelter got a helping hand, thanks to a $35,000 grant from the ASPCA. It's part of an initiative to help brick-and-mortar shelters improve their animals' quality of life.

Shelter director Angie Schaefer says that money paid for 20 new cat-condos, fencing for two new dog yards, and several other much-needed supplies.

"We're small, we're in a small community, so to raise that kind of money to get these items would have been quite a task. For them to step in and do that for us is amazing," said Schaefer.

Schaefer said the extra yards will allow dogs to spend more time outside and socialize with each other.

If you're interested in volunteering or donating to the humane society, visit its website for more information.

Story By: Peter Dubois

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NORTHWOODS - Wisconsin's lakes have a lot to offer their visitors. But some, like aquatic invasive species, are unwelcome due to the damage they can cause to native ecosystems.

There's a growing effort to prevent, contain, and control the spread of these aquatic invasive species, especially this holiday weekend. As part of the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program, volunteers will be stationed across popular boat landings, doing inspections and educating boaters on how to properly clean their boats.

"Any type of holiday weekend, especially the fourth of July when there's a lot more boat traffic, there's an emphasis on getting more awareness out there," said DNR recreation warden Justin Bender.

Aside from volunteers, most boat landings also have information posted on aquatic invasive species and the laws regarding boat cleaning. Citations for not properly cleaning your boats typically run $200-300.

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WOODRUFF - Every year the Lakeland T-Bird football team collects money during the Independence Day parade in downtown Minocqua. This year the parade was canceled - but that didn't stop the T-bird football team from supporting local veterans.

T-bird offensive lineman David Bock walks in the Independence Day parade every year.

"It's very important to support our veterans for the sacrifices that they make every day," said Bock.

Last year, the T-birds raised more than 1,700 dollars on the parade route. With no parade this year, Bock wanted to do something else to raise money for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

So, he reached out to his head coach, which eventually led him to Steve Pletta, owner of Hoggie Doggies in Woodruff.

Pletta's father served in World War II, including 13 months in a prisoner camp.

"We're here today because of a common interest," said Pletta.

Pletta agreed to let T-birds set up a booth for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight on July 3. Anyone who makes a donation, big or small, gets a free ice cream cone.

"This is a great opportunity," said Pletta. "I've been just champing at the bit to be able to partner with somebody. And as you can see we got some great kids here."

Friday, Bock and other T-bird football players raised a lot of money -including a 1000 dollar check from a local VFW chapter. 

As successful as it was, Bock hopes to be back in the parade next year.

"It's three of my favorite things - veterans, football and our country," said Bock.

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MADISON - Wisconsin health officials have confirmed nearly 600 more cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The state Department of Health Services said Friday that the state has now seen 30,317 confirmed cases since the pandemic began in March. That's up 579 cases from Thursday.

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RHINELANDER - The Pioneer Park Historical Complex is popular not only among tourists but also school field trips and Rhinelander natives.

The buildings give people an endless amount of historical background on the city and surrounding areas.

Like many city-owned places, the complex operates mainly on donations.

In the past the museum has had trouble accepting the donations of larger amounts and tax-deductible ones.

Until a recent partnership, the museum was unable to accept donations of large amounts and tax-deductible ones.

The new alliance with the Rhinelander Community Foundation led to the creation of a general fund.

Creators of the fund George and Sondra Juetten will match any donation up to $25,000 to the fund.

Museum director Kerry Bloedorn says the new partnership opens up more opportunities towards projects at the park.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend on Friday with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore, an event expected to draw thousands where masks and social distancing aren't required as coronavirus cases spike across the country.

Trump is expected to speak at the event, which has issued 7,500 tickets to watch fireworks that he says will be a "display like few people have seen."

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- The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans' self-control that could determine the trajectory of the surging coronavirus outbreak.

With confirmed cases climbing in 40 states, governors and local officials have ordered the wearing of masks in public, and families were urged to celebrate their independence at home. Even then, they were told to keep their backyard cookouts small.

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OSCEOLA - Two people have died in a head-on collision in Osceola in western Wisconsin.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened around 11:30 p.m. Thursday on Highway 35.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.

In another alarming indicator, 36 states are seeing an increase in the percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus.

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