IN OTHER NEWS
- You may have heard that the Oneida County fair is canceled this year due to COVID-19. RHINELANDER Just recently fair organizers including Tom Barnett and Meg Sprecksel announced the fair will still happen--but virtually. Fair treasurer Meg Sprecksel said the idea of having a virtual fair rather than not having a fair at all came as a surprise. "After our decision to cancel the fair, we saw some other fairs going virtual, and it enticed us," she said. The fair's Facebook page, Instagram, and website ( ocfairwi.com) will encourage people of all ages to participate, even if it's not physically in-person. While traditional fair games are primarily kid-friendly, Sprecksel said the virtual fair is different.
- Wisconsin health officials have not recorded any new deaths related to the coronavirus in three out of four days. MADISON
- The small town of Phelps celebrates the 4th of July in a big way every year. But due to the coronavirus, organizers like Amy Thomason had to get a bit creative this year. PHELPS "We felt it was really important to find a way to celebrate 4th of July even with all that's going on," said Thomason. Rather than cancel its popular parade, the town decided to move it to the lake. "A lot of our community organizations are decorating boats," said Thomason. "It's just a great way to celebrate the 4th of July and keep our social distance. We're all in our own boats."
- A Powerball Lotto ticket worth $50,000 will go unclaimed if the winner does not come forward by the July 9, 2020 expiration date. MADISON
- The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the death of a person whose body was found in a lagoon in a Madison suburb as an officer-involved death. MONONA
- Coronavirus cases are on the rise globally as well -- further stressing the global supply chain for personal protective equipment. Newswatch 12 spoke with Senator Tammy Baldwin on Wednesday. She called the lack of federal response to COVID-19 inexcusable. WISCONSIN "I think about how different things would've been today if in the earliest days President Trump had used the something called the Defense Production Act," said Baldwin. Senator Baldwin argues this would've made sure all the personal protection equipment we needed would have been produced. She says different hospitals and health care facilities have been competing over the same equipment.
- The Oneida County Sheriff's Office will host a DNR run Boater safety course later this month. RHINELANDER According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office the class will be a two day event on Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24. Course times will run from nine a.m. until one p.m. at the Oneida County Law Enforcement Center in Rhinelander. Having a boater safety license is required for anyone born after January 1st, 1989. Then, an hour after the Boater Safety courses wrap up, the sheriff's department is also sponsoring an ATV/UTV safety course. This course is hosted by the Wisconsin DNR. The class is held on July 23 and 24 from two p.m. until six p.m. You must be at least 12 years old to drive an ATV, and 16 years old to drive a UTV. And if you were born after January 1st, 1988, you must complete the safety certification course to ride on public trails and areas in Wisconsin. Finally, the sheriff's office is hosting a Hunter Safety Course on Monday, July 20th through Wednesday, July 22nd. There will be two different times to take the classes, either from nine a.m. to noon or from one p.m. to four p.m. Anyone born after January 1st, 1973 must have Hunter Safety to hunt in the Badger state. Whether it's the hunters safety course, boater's safety course or ATV/UTV safety course. Each course costs $10 per person. You must register in advance for any course you choose to take. That can be done on the Wisconsin DNR Go Wild Website.