SCHOFIELD - The Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin in Schofield provides one of the few places where you can receive free HIV and hepatitis C testing.
HIV and hepatitis C are serious conditions that can be deadly.
Prevention specialist Carley Zartner is taking charge of creating more free testing sites in the northcentral Wisconsin area.
"I know that I could be making a difference in people's lives, and I'm definitely doing that on a daily basis and I truly love it," Zartner said. "I love being able to see that I'm making an impact in communities."
Testing is available to anyone over 13 years old, in a judgement-free setting.
If someone is engaging in risky behavior or just wants to know their status, they should get tested every three to six months.
"It makes me feel great that they feel comfortable in seeking me out as a resource," said Zartner. "And that we're the first ones they come to."
If you are interested in getting tested for free, starting next Tuesday Zartner will be providing free testing in Lincoln County and Portage County.
"And I'm really happy to provide those resources to them," said Zartner.
Zartner typically does the Rapid HIV Test and Hepatitis C testing. It takes just 20 minutes to complete and get the test results.
For more information about HIV and hepatitis C testing click the link below.
EAGLE RIVER, WISCONSIN - People from around the United States visited Eagle River to drive as fast as they could through icy courses during the second annual Subaru Winter Experience. Most of them were here for fun, but one driver meant business.
Keanna Erickson-Chang doesn't have the bravado you'd expect in a race car driver.
"Typically I'm pretty calm, in the car and out," said Erickson-Chang.
She had no interest in racing cars growing up, she just took winter driving classes to be safer on the roads.
"But once I learned all the techniques in sliding the car," said Erickson-Chang. "I started having more fun and it snowballed from there."
Erickson-Chang has raced for four years. Saturday she took a pause to hone her skills on Dollar Lake at the second annual Subaru Winter Experience in Eagle River. She normally competes on gravel, but she used the ice instead for a chance to practice at slower speeds.
"We have to be early, because with the low grip it takes so long for everything to happen so patience is a key value out here," said Erickson-Chang.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce members are looking to bring more visitors to the area.
One way they plan to do this is by adding more outdoor events like the Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon.
Saturday, they held their second annual triathlon headquartered at Camp Manito-wish YMCA.
People from all over the country cross country skied, snowshoed, and fatbiked.
"With the triathlons we have found that we're reaching a new market that hasn't been to Boulder Junction before and we got a lot of new faces," said Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Theresa Smith.
SEYMOUR, IND. - A chain-reaction crash in southern Indiana killed a Minocqua couple on Wednesday morning.
Glenn Cardelli and his wife, Kathryn, both 57 years old, were traveling in south an RV near Seymour, Ind., on Interstate 65. The RV was behind a semi and an SUV, both of which slowed due to highway maintenance.
Another semi failed to slow down behind the stalled traffic and crashed into the Cardellis' RV. The crash killed the couple and John Mumma, 67, an Illinois man driving the SUV.
The vehicles caught fire. Interstate 65 was closed for about eleven hours for cleanup and crash investigation.
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.
Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.
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