RHINELANDER - For the first time since 2008, the DNR will do extensive chronic disease sampling in northern Wisconsin this fall.
It's looking for the public's help to get a sense of how widespread the disease is.
It also wants help from businesses and groups to sponsor more deer dumpster sites.
Businesses and groups can sponsor disposal locations through the Adopt-A-Dumpster program.
Sixteen of those dumpsters across the state last year helped hunters safely get rid of about 75 tons of deer carcasses.
"It concentrates and minimizes the risk of spreading CWD on the landscape or moving it from one location to another. It puts it in a landfill so it's properly disposed of," said DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz.
Businesses and groups have the new option of cost-sharing the expense of providing the dumpsters.
"It's a really easy way to take a preventative measure and get some positive press out there for groups that are concerned about the disease," Holtz said.
The DNR's Adopt-A-Kiosk program provides areas for hunters to drop off their deer heads for CWD testing.
RHINELANDER - Salvation Army organizations across the country set out their red buckets and bells, including spots right in the Northwoods.
However, the local Mincoqua, Tomahawk and Rhinelander Salvation Armies are short of volunteers in the coming week.
Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said that last year, Rhinelander's Salvation Army surpassed their goal of $40,000 with help from volunteers. So this year, the organization is amping up the goal after raising $52,000 in 2018.
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