PARK FALLS - Amanda Poler USED to take her kids to Peace Lutheran's Daycare in Park Falls.
"I never thought that this daycare that I recommend would have something like this against them," said Poler. "I'm shocked to actually hear about it."
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families revoked the daycare's license last Friday after discovering 39 state violations, including reports of child abuse.
Daycare Board President Sue Bever heard that a daycare employee was physically abusing kids and reported the employee to the Department of Children and Families.
"She's slapping hands, and she's popping [kids] on the butt," said Bever. "[When we heard about it] we had a cry session over it."
In the department's report it also states the daycare did not have certain certifications, an unclean diaper changing station, babies sleeping in improper places, and a staff member being left alone with children who was not teacher qualified.
"When you take your kids to daycare you expect backgrounds have been checked and that they are taking very good care of your kids," said Poler.
Bever blames the daycare's violations on lack of staffing.
"They want good care but we don't have the man power to give good care," said Bever.
Poler says there are only two other places that offer daycare services in the area. She fears many families will be struggling to find help.
"It's very sad that a place like this is closing down because we do need it in a small town like [Park Falls]," said Poler.
The daycare has been in operation since 1989. They had 42 kids registered.
The daycare decided not to fight the state in court and agreed to just shut down.
BOULDER JUNCTION - A 59-year-old man died Wednesday morning after a head-on crash on Highway 51 in Boulder Junction.
Two full-size pickup trucks hit each other just after 10 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 51 and Bakken Road.
"[We] believe, from the crush of the impact, that that was a head-on, not a glancing or angled blow," said Vilas Co. Sheriff's Capt. Gerry Ritter on scene.
First responders used the "jaws of life" to take victims out of at least one truck. In addition to the man who died, two other people were taken to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff for treatment.
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