Local News 4/23/18

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WQOW

Authorities were forced to fully evacuate Lake Wissota State Park Sunday afternoon in order to fight several grass fires. Officials told WQOW - TV 18 NEWS that there were a few campers at the park at the time, but said no one was injured. They don't know what started the fires, or how many acres they have burned so far, but the Department of Natural Resources is sending officers from Ladysmith to help. Authorities said there's a low fire danger this weekend, which is helping their efforts, but the windy conditions made it more difficult to put out the flames.

WQOW News 18

Dozens of people showed their support for sexual assault survivors in downtown Eau Claire Sunday night. Called kNOw More 2018, the free event held at The Plus helped attendees learn what can be done to end sexual assault in our communities. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

One of the organizers, Amanda Mondloch with the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault, said the most important thing you can do to end sexual violence is be a better community member, which includes watching out for each other, teaching children healthy boundaries, talking to each other about our language, and creating a culture that's safer for survivors to come forward.  And organizers said the best thing to do if someone discloses to you that they've been sexually asaulted is to believe them.  After that, point them in the direction of organizations in the area that can provide support - including; the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault, or CASA, and the Bolton Refuge House.

WQOW News 18

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 57 percent of students between the ages of 13 and 17 are worried about the possibility of a shooting happening at their school. One in four students say they're very worried. The survey found 13 percent of those surveyed say they're not worried at all.  It also showed that 63 percent of parents with teens between 13 and 17 are at least somewhat worried about a shooting happening at their child's school. 

-Wheeler News Service

Marathon City officials are suggesting people should stay off the Rib River while the water is so high after two teenagers had to be rescued Sunday.  An assistant chief with the Marathon City Fire Department says the two boys were kayaking near Highway 29 and County Road-O when one of the kayaks tipped over. The other teenager was able to use his cell phone to call for help and share the location with emergency responders.  A rescue boat was used to get them to safety and both were taken to a hospital. Meanwhile flood warnings are in effect for a number of rivers around western and south western Wisconsin.

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