MARATHON COUNTY - For the first time, a wild deer in Marathon Co. has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
CWD is a fatal, infectious nervous system disease of deer, moose, elk and reindeer.
In a media release Thursday, the DNR explains the infected animal was an adult harvested in the Town of Reid during the 2019 antlerless deer hunting season. The release goes on to say the deer was tested as part of the DNR's disease surveillance efforts.
The deer was reportedly found within 10 miles of adjacent Shawano, Portage and Waupaca counties.
State law requires the DNR enact a ban on baiting and feeding of deer in counties or portions of counties within a 10-mile radius of CWD-positive animal.
Marathon, Shawano, Portage and Waupaca counties are already identified as CWD-affected counties and already have baiting and feeding bans in place. Nevertheless, the DNR announced it will renew a three-year baiting and feeding ban in Marathon Co. and a two-year ban in Waupaca Co.
A recent CWD positive detection in a wild deer in Portage Co. will renew a three-year ban for that county. Shawano Co. had a farm-raised deer CWD-positive detection last fall, which renewed a three-year ban for that county.
RHINELANDER - Movie theaters across the country are shut down right now. At Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander, staff are still finding a way to put smiles on customers' faces.
Late Friday night, owner George Rouman decided to host a spontaneous curb-side popcorn sale. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, cars lined up to purchase a jumbo bag of movie theater popcorn and a candy of their choice for just $5.
"We're clearly very careful about how we're accepting the money," said Rouman. "People are very satisfied and they've been waiting for quite a long time, many of them."
According to a Facebook post from Minocqua Sandwich Company, on March 26, Minocqua Sandwich Company received an anonymous donation for $100 to buy sandwiches for the heroes at the Howard Young Hospital emergency room.
Bad Bones BBQ also received a donation to provide $100 worth of BBQ to the Marshfield Clinic.
According to a Facebook post from Minocqua Sandwich Company, "Per Mar Security over on Highway 70, donated $200 to be used to buy sandwiches for people on the front lines. After that money was raised, folks within the Per Mar Security world, their friends, and family, raised another $400 amongst themselves to keep this idea going."
Minocqua Sandwich Company decided to give $100 worth of sandwiches or burritos a day to whomever is working during the COVID-19 pandemic until money runs out.
Owner Minocqua Sandwich Company Kirk Bangstad says he loves the generosity of the community.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Oneida County. The individual is in their 20s with a known history of travel. According to Conlon, the patient has been compliant with instructions from health officials and is currently in isolation.
We will have more details as they are made available by the county.
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