WAUSAU - Warnings over tainted and poisonous Halloween candy are a huge part of the spooky holiday just as much as the costumes.
That warning came to life for one Wausau parent as they found a needle inside of their child's snicker bar.
According to a Facebook post by the unnamed parent, they "trick-or-treated on Quaw street over by Jerry's music on 4th Ave North and 5 Ave North."
Todd Baeten, a patrol Captain at Wausau PD, says that this incident is a rare occurrence and they are actively investigating the matter.
"What we have done at this point is that we have collected this foreign object we have collected the piece of candy,"said Baeten. "We're in contact with the complainant and we are doing our best to try to isolate this area and this potentially could have been received."
Becky Mroczenski, a communicable disease manager at the Marathon County Health Department says the parent did the right thing in this situation.
"I think she exactly what we recommend people to do, which is check the candy, she did notice something and she contact the police, which are all very important things." said Mroczenski.
The issue of potentially tainted candy hasn't only occurred in Marathon County, but across the state.
Five years ago in Stevens Point, a needle was found inside of a trick-or-treaters candy bar.
In 2017, police were called to a Green Bay residence after a woman found a needle sticking outside of a piece of candy given to her 8-year old granddaughter.
Three years ago, a woman found a nail sticking out of her daughter's tootsie roll.
Mroczenski says that treat safety should be prioritized when receiving candy.
"Typically treat safety is making sure your kids know not to eat anything before you check it," said Mroczenski "If you do notice anything suspicious, you can either contact the police or throw it away."
PHELPS - Today, the Robbins family broke ground on their new home, courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.
"This is really exciting," said Dave Havel of the Northwoods Habitat for Humanity chapter. "With all of the issues we've had as a nation as a community. It's really great that we're moving forward and able to help this local family here in Phelps."
Excavation will start in the next few weeks - the next step in what both Rebecca and Cory call their dream home.
"They'll never know what this means to this family," said Rebecca Robbins. "They'll never know what this means to us. I have shed a few tears already and I'm sure a lot more to come. They'll just never know what this means to our family."
It will mean some freedom for Rebecca's daughter Jade.
"I will finally have my own room, after sharing a room with my older brother, then sharing one with my little brother," said Jade Robbins.
Cory works with Select Builders, the local contractor out of Eagle River hired by Habitat for Humanity.
"I can't believe I can do this," said Cory Robbins. "I mean, I've always dreamed of owning my own home and now I'm actually going to help build it."
This will be the 23rd home that Habitat for Humanity has helped build in the Northwoods, and the first one in Phelps.
MILWAUKEE - For the first time in 53 years, summer in Milwaukee won't have a Summerfest.
The crown jewel for the City of Festivals, and the largest music festival in the United States, was canceled for the first time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday morning in a unanimous vote by the board of Summerfest's parent company, Milwaukee World Festival Inc.
"Given the information available today, and the uncertainty surrounding very large gatherings, we cannot in good conscience proceed with the festival this year," Don Smiley, Milwaukee World Festival CEO, said in a statement. "The immediate future presents multiple levels of risk for our fans, and we choose the side of safety."
Refunds for Summerfest general-admission tickets are available at summerfest.com through July 17. 2020 general admission tickets and passes will also be honored for Summerfest 2021. Summerfest officials said dates for next year will be announced in the coming weeks.
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