EAGLE RIVER - People in Vilas County will now have a safe, free way to get home from many bars and taverns.
On Monday, Vilas County became the 64th of Wisconsin's 72 counties to start a SafeRide program. The program allows Tavern League members to hand out free taxi rides to people too drunk to drive.
Dan Ullsperger owns Buckshot's Saloon in Eagle River and helped start the program.
"It's going to be instrumental to keep people off the streets and get people safe home and people that are innocent driving home, keep them safe too. They don't need to contend with people that are driving drunk," Ullsperger said. "If we use one voucher, to me, that's successful. You've got to start somewhere. That's one person that wasn't driving home drunk."
The Wisconsin DOT is starting Vilas County with a $10,000 grant. The Vilas County Tavern League will also help pick up the cost of the rides.
FLORENCE - We have updates from Florence, Onconto, and Shawano Counties on the identification of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer species which attacks and kills all true ash species. They have been found in 57 of the 72 counties in Wisconsin.
Public Lands Forester, of Florence County, Tyler Wood explained how the Emerald Ash Borer likes to travel on firewood, to reduce the spread to other places, burn the wood in the same place you bought or gathered it.
"The Emerald Ash Borer can fly easily about a half a mile, and up to maybe 5 miles away from a host tree to find another tree in order to infect that tree," said Wood.
Though there won't be a significant impact on the environment in Florence county, not knowing if your tree is infected could lead to safety concerns around your property or for people with streets lined with the trees, dangerous roadways could occur during storms.
Forest Health Specialist, Linda Williams, spoke about how the future extinction would affect more than just the forest. The MLB uses ash trees to make their baseball bats, as well as the local Native American tribes whos culture traditions create baskets from ash.
"The Emerald Ash Borer will kill the Ash Trees. And we've seen that happening in southern Wisconsin as well as other states that have had it for much longer than us. Other species of trees tend to come into those sites sometimes they are desirable species and some are not," said Williams..
If you are a concerned ash tree owner some signs that your tree has been infested is the outer bark removed by woodpeckers, and D-shaped holes where the insects have emerged.
For people with 10 plus acres you can file a request with the DNR to have a walk through to understand how to manage the Emerald Ash Borer at mywisconsinwoods.org.
MADISON, WIS. - Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to campaign Monday in northeast Wisconsin for his second visit to the battleground state in two weeks.
Biden's campaign announced Sunday that the Democratic presidential nominee would be campaigning in Manitowoc, a city of about 32,000 that's on the shores of Lake Michigan about 80 miles north of Milwaukee. Biden did not immediately release any additional details about the visit.
The stop comes two weeks after Biden made his first visit to Wisconsin as the nominee. Biden on Sept. 7 went to Kenosha in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. His stop there came two days after President Donald Trump also came to Kenosha, where he thanked police for their response to sometimes violent protests.
MADISON - The state Department of Workforce Development's top leader resigned Friday after failing to find a way to address a massive backlog of unprocessed unemployment benefit claims sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' office said Caleb Frostman stepped down after the governor called for his resignation. Republicans have peppered Evers with criticism for months over the department's inability to process tens of thousands of benefit claims that have been flowing in since the coronavirus took hold in the U.S. in March.
- A lot is happening underwater while Wisconsin is transitioning from summer, to fall, and winter.
But we don't really see those changes. Though we might be getting out of the water, fish can still thrive in the colder temperatures.
DNR Fisheries Supervisor John Kubisiak explains exactly how.
"These fish have been around for millions of years so they've had a long time to deal with these annual temperature cycles of course," Kubisiak said.
In the fall, a lake's temperature gets closer and closer to freezing.
Fish are cold-blooded. Meaning, their environment's temperature controls their body temperature. Kubisiak said the reason why the lake temperature is such a big issue is because that drives their metabolic processes.
How exactly do the fish prepare for the cold weather?
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