Tens of thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts are arriving in the Northwoods for the annual Fall Ride to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The ride and events run through the weekend centered on Sara Park in Tomahawk.
This is the 33rd Fall Ride. Harley-Davidson has been a primary donor to MDA for many years. Dawn Ver Haagh is Executive Director at the Green Bay MDA chapter. She says while it's fun for the participants, the ride has a real impact on MDA...
Fish from the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes are now safer to eat than they were a few years ago. That’s one of the findings of the DNR’s annual review of fish consumption advisories.
The agency also says Lake Michigan brown trout are now deemed safe to eat once a month.
Meanwhile some other waters now have more stringent fish consumption advisories. For example Virgin Lake in Oneida County has a new exception…that discourages people from eating walleye over 22 inches.
Oneida County school districts are hosting a series of flu vaccine clinics open to the community…and free for kids.
As Oneida County Public Health Nurse Rob Deede explains, flu shots are recommended for adults and kids alike.
“If anyone wants to reduce the chances of getting the flu, getting vaccinated is the best way to do that. Especially folks that are at higher risk of getting the flu, such as children six months to 18 years old, pregnant women, those folks 50 years or older, someone with a medical condition, or someone who’s living in a nursing home.”
The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is beginning renovations on its new space. But as WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, it’s still waiting for state approval to move ahead with some structural changes planned for the building.
The Rhinelander food pantry is moving to a larger location on Coon Street, in a building vacated by the natural foods grocery store Golden Harvest.
Food Pantry Manager Jane Motowski says there’s a lot of work to be done to make the space ready.
Oneida and Vilas Counties are looking to school gardens to improve community health.
The chronic disease prevention coalition called Northwoods LEAN has a new $400,000 grant from the UW School of Medicine Partnership program. It supports a variety of community health initiatives including a push to expose kids to eating more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Oneida County Community Health Specialist Kyla Waksmonski says the coalition plans to have a broad reach.