MERRILL - Morgan Leaf Meadows didn't always go by that name.
"It wasn't that I didn't love that name. It's just that the name associates a certain power to those that used that name," said Meadows.
Meadows was born Netha Edna Mason, but the change helped her escape a terrible past.
"I am a survivor of domestic violence and human trafficking," Meadows said.
Her birth mother and stepfather were responsible for the trafficking. Her mom was a substance abuser. Her stepdad was in the Navy.
"Pornographic photography would the label for what happened to me in the beginning," said Meadows. "Being completely naked...in a room with other people, cameras, filming, and other children were present."
The photography later grew into sexual encounters that Meadows' parents, mainly her stepfather, received money for.
The abuse didn't stop until an arranged marriage at the age of 17. Then she lived a life of domestic and sexual abuse until she broke free at 29.
"I guess you can call it a self-rescue," she said. "But someone asked me the question, 'What would help me to be happy?' and I said I need help getting away from him."
Meadows, who lives in Door County, now teams up with advocates like Sister Celine Goessl in Merrill. They want to stop human trafficking throughout the state.
"Primarily, in the state of Wisconsin, the victims and the survivors of human trafficking are our own people," said Goessl.
Goessl is proud to stand behind Meadows as she tells her story and gains support for the cause.
"Morgan is a brave person," said Goessl. "She is ready to do what she can to help humanity do what they can to help pull people in to help."
Meadows is working on presentations to teach others about the issue. She knows it's a lot of work, but she won't stop until human trafficking ends.
"I believe that we will eradicate trafficking. And I don't mean we as survivors," said Meadows. "I mean we as community members. We are the ones capable of doing this."
TOMAHAWK - Two local car mechanics told us a stretch of Highway 51 near Tomahawk is so bad, they won't even drive on it. Both said the road is rougher than they've ever seen it, a condition echoed on roads throughout the Northwoods.
But the nine-mile stretch near Tomahawk especially stands out for some drivers.
"[Highway] 8 to Highway S, the southbound lane, is buckling so bad, you just bounce down that road. The cars, when they bounce down there, the suspension just takes a beating," said Gary Luedke, the service manager at Heritage Chevrolet in Tomahawk.
Luedke has seen problems with ball joints, tie rod ends, and even tires with chunks missing. All of the damage comes from bad winter roads like Highway 51.
PHILLIPS - You can still get protection with a flu shot. The Price County Health Department says it's not too late. In Wisconsin, the number of people taking advantage of the flu vaccine is up this year.
Last year, 37 percent of people in Wisconsin received a flu shot during the flu season. This year, that number slightly rose to 38 percent.
Many of us worry about the flu during the winter months. But it can still be a problem through the warmer months because of airplane travel. Travel between the northern and southern hemispheres will allow the flu to spread anytime during the year.
Even in late February, we are still encouraged to get the shot.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - A business development agency in the Northwoods pictures new homes, apartments, and jobs coming to Lac du Flambeau in the next decade. Building those and making them a reality may get a boost from a new tax deferral process.
Lac du Flambeau has been identified as an "Opportunity Zone." Essentially, it allows investors to avoid paying taxes on capital gains through things like profits made through trading stocks.
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