IN OTHER NEWS
- 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
- As Tommy Thompson takes office Wednesday as President of the University of Wisconsin System, his transition team is announcing creation of the "Listening Post" for Wisconsin residents and UW students, faculty, and staff to ask questions and offer ideas. MADISON
- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds those celebrating the Fourth of July that fireworks are prohibited on all DNR lands. Prohibited areas include state parks and forests as well as state-owned public hunting and fishing properties. MADISON
- Strapping on a police vest comes naturally to Thomas Ginter. RHINELANDER "I believe everything I've done in my life up to this point - this is where I was meant to be," said Ginter. He's one of 14 students in the Nicolet College's Police Academy this summer. Amid national civic unrest over policing, enrollment in the school's criminal justice program is higher than usual. Today, aspiring officers practiced routine traffic stops, while instructors weave in what Academy Director Tim Gerdman calls cultural competence.
- 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 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.