PRENTICE - Some Northwoods high school students want to ensure that teen dating violence is no longer invisible.
"The whole goal is to get people to feel that way, that they can come to somebody if they're in trouble," said Prentice High School junior Sierra Ulrich.
Radio listeners in Price and Rusk Counties can now hear PSAs made by Ulrich and other Prentice High School students.
For these students, putting words on a recorder was just a small part of the project.
"We read off some facts, and did a little bit of editing--not much--had to fit a certain time gap. Called that good," said Sydney Wilund. "That's when we sent them in."
"Oh my gosh, they're amazing," said Becky Steinbach, the Youth Program Coordinator at TimeOut Abuse Shelter in Price County, said of the PSAs. "People ask, 'Did you have those professionally recorded? Did you hire people to do that?' They are incredible."
TimeOut helped provide facts and education for the production of the PSAs.
"I think [making the spots is] good, because it's scary how this is actually a problem," Wilund said.
"If you're in that situation, you can hear it and know that maybe you're not so alone with the whole thing," Ulrich said.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and the spots have been airing on 98Q Country in Price County and other stations in the area.
"It's pretty cool to hear yourself on the radio," said Brandon Annala.
TimeOut believes the spots are uniquely effective.
"When they do the PSAs, and these are broadcast all over the county, other peers have that benefit of hearing their peers talk about it," Steinbach said.
"It's not even like you had to act for these projects," said Wilund. "It was an eye-opener."
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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee's former police chief, who was demoted to captain in part for using tear gas against protesters demonstrating over George Floyd's death, has chosen to retire instead of staying with the department.
The city's Fire and Police Commission voted unanimously last week to demote Chief Alfonso Morales.
Commissioners criticized how Morales handled multiple incidents involving Black people, including the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown.
Speaking Wednesday on WTMJ-AM, Morales said he's retiring because if he returned as a captain it would be at a reduced salary and would negatively impact his pension payments.
Morales also defended his record as chief.
His attorney says he and Morales are exploring a range of legal action, including filing a claim for damages.
RHINELANDER - Traffic slowed to a stand-still on Highway 8 West out of Rhinelander but not because of any accident or construction.
NATH and The Good News Project partnered for the third year in a row to host an e-cycling fundraiser.
"There's still a huge line of cars waiting to drop off their things and that's been going on since before we opened at 8. It's been a very busy and very successful fundraiser," say Rick Covin, Board Member for the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing.
NATH operates Frederick's Place in Rhinelander. This is their third year partnering with The Good News Project out of Wausau to host the electronics recycling event.
"We're having anyone from the area able to bring their electronics, even vacuum cleaners, stereo systems, computers, TVs, monitors, and for a small fee which is much less than you would have to pay at the dump," says Covin.
A portion of the proceeds will go toward helping fund the shelter's operation. COVID and other complications forced NATH to cancel many of their successful fundraising events, like the Harvest Hoedown normally scheduled for October.
"While our expenses have not gone down, even gone up some, our income, which is fundraising grants, and gifts, has gone down," says Covin.
If you didn't make it Friday, don't worry! You can stop by from 9 to noon Saturady.
"We'll all be here ready to take their recyclables and all that stuff that's been gathering dust in their basement, closet, and garage, gather that up, those old electronics you have to pay through the nose to get rid of at the dump, bring 'em here, and we'll give rid of em for a small fee and it'll go to a good cause," says Covin.
KINGSTON, MO - Attorneys for a Missouri man accused of killing two brothers from Wisconsin are seeking to have two charges of abandoning a corpse dismissed in the case.
Garland Nelson, of Braymer, is facing the death penalty in the deaths of 24-year-old Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin. They disappeared after visiting Nelson's farm in July 2019 and their burned remains were later found in Missouri and Nebraska.
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin-Madison has received less than 1% of the money that Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group pledged to it two years ago amid the electronics giant's expansion plans in Wisconsin.
In August 2018, Foxconn committed $100 million to the university to help fund an engineering building and for company-related research. It gave the school $700,000 in the first year of a 5-year agreement and records show the school has received no additional money over the past year.
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