MINOCQUA - The dragon boat festival returned to Minocqua with a new sense of purpose: to try and complete a project started at last year's races.
The Howard Young Foundation uses the dragon boat festival to raise money for a new tick-borne illness center.
Minocqua's dragon boat races serve as one of the biggest fundraisers for Howard Young.
The 21 teams who signed up this year raised more than $10,000 in registration fees alone.
"We get emails, messages, any way people can contact us, about their story that they'd like to share about how they've been impacted by tick-borne illness," site coordinator Elizabeth Gering said. "Its been overwhelming and so it really pushes us to make this center a reality."
Rowers came from 13 different states to take part in the festival.
Anyone and everyone showed up, from first-timers to skilled rowers.
Skill level wasn't the only way that the teams were different.
"We have paddlers of all ages, from 15 to 86, so it's really something that all people of all athletic abilities," festival organizer Gami Miller said.
MILWAUKEE - For the first time in 53 years, summer in Milwaukee won't have a Summerfest.
The crown jewel for the City of Festivals, and the largest music festival in the United States, was canceled for the first time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday morning in a unanimous vote by the board of Summerfest's parent company, Milwaukee World Festival Inc.
"Given the information available today, and the uncertainty surrounding very large gatherings, we cannot in good conscience proceed with the festival this year," Don Smiley, Milwaukee World Festival CEO, said in a statement. "The immediate future presents multiple levels of risk for our fans, and we choose the side of safety."
Refunds for Summerfest general-admission tickets are available at summerfest.com through July 17. 2020 general admission tickets and passes will also be honored for Summerfest 2021. Summerfest officials said dates for next year will be announced in the coming weeks.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - City workers and local artists painted the words "Black Lives Matter" in enormous bright yellow letters on the street leading to the White House, a highly visible sign of the District of Columbia's embrace of a protest movement that has put it even further adds with President Donald Trump.
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