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."
MADISON, WI - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is proud to host the 8th annual Wisconsin Free Fun Weekend. Park admission fees, fishing license and trail pass requirements will be waived on June 6-7 to encourage Wisconsinites to take advantage of and enjoy Wisconsin's outdoors.
During Free Fun Weekend June 6-7:
- No state park admission stickers or trail passes are required. - People may fish without a fishing license or trout/salmon stamps. All other fishing regulations apply. - ATV, UTVs, and OHMs are exempt from registration requirements. Resident and non-resident all-terrain vehicle operators do not need a trail pass to ride state ATV trails. - Capacity limits remain in effect at some properties to limit overcrowding. - Visitors are asked to recreate responsibly close to home and practice social distancing.
Before heading to a state park, trail or waterbody near you, here are some additional things to know:
- Residents and non-residents will not be required to have a fishing license or trout/salmon stamps. - All 2020-2021 fishing regulations apply including bag and length limits. - Due to the public health risk, loaner equipment will not be available. Anglers should bring their own equipment and bait. - Only anglers living in the same household (i.e. family members or roommates) should fish within six feet of one another. - Events such as fishing clinics are canceled. - Anglers are encouraged to have a backup plan in the event there is crowding or unsafe conditions where they plan to fish. We encourage everyone to fish safely and responsibly. - Locate launches and shorefishing access points near you.
News of the arrest came moments after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged the "abject failure" of the response to the protests and called for swift justice for officers involved. Walz said the state would take over the response to the violence and that it's time to show respect and dignity to those who are suffering.
The former Minneapolis police officer shown on video putting his knee on the neck of George Floyd has been arrested, according to Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.
Derek Chauvin, who was fired on Monday along with three other officers involved in the detainment of Floyd, was taken into custody Friday.
Video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes on Monday night. The police department initially said Floyd "physically resisted" the officers and that he died after "suffering medical distress."
MADISON, WI - Gov. Tony Evers today announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's We're All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin's small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe.
Funded largely by federal dollars received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this initiative will provide direct assistance to small businesses most impacted by the duration and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These $2,500 cash grants will assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. Businesses will be able to apply for grant assistance in early June.
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