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No Tickets – Frozen Turkeys Instead

Larry Riddle didn’t use his turn signal on Wednesday and got off with a warning — and a frozen Thanksgiving turkey.

The Billings Gazette reports that the Billings Police Department spent the afternoon giving out turkeys instead of traffic citations.

A Billings businessman, Steve Gountanis, had purchased the turkeys from Albertson’s and asked BPD to distribute the turkeys in time for Thanksgiving. After pulling over drivers for traffic violations, the officers first checked for outstanding warrants, then returned to the drivers with a written warning and one of the turkeys.

When Officer Eric Schnelbach told Riddle he was only getting a warning, and a bird to cook for the upcoming holiday, he was touched.

Riddle, who was driving with his daughter, Amber, said they appreciated the gesture, and that it would make a difference for them. Riddle’s wife died of cancer two years ago and he now lives alone outside town on a limited budget. He tries to make a nice Thanksgiving meal each year for his daughter and himself, so the free turkey was a nice surprise.

Riddle joked that he might have to get pulled over a second time and get a turkey for Christmas.

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Family Care Drive Brings In Over 850 Items

UnitedOne Credit Union’s 15th Family Care Drive took in over 850 personal and home care items to help local individuals and families in need.

The donations by the credit union’s employees and members were made at UnitedOne’s offices in Manitowoc and Sheboygan throughout the month of October.

“People helping people is a core part of the credit union philosophy,” said CEO Kim Rooney. “We have been a part of our community for almost 80 years, and helping our neighbors is very important to us.”

Items collected at UnitedOne Credit Union’s Manitowoc offices were delivered to the The Haven and Hope House, both serving Manitowoc County, on Nov. 6 for distribution.

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Slow-Motion Police Chase in Alaska

When you hear about a police chase it’s often at a very high rate of speed, but Fairbanks, Alaska Police engaged in a slow-motion chase with a 32-year-old man who allegedly was attempting to steal a rideable, motorized shopping cart from Safeway on Tuesday, reports the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

It wasn’t much of a chase, since the “Mart Cart” has a maximum speed of 1.9 mph, according to the owner’s manual.  Store surveillance footage shows Rondell Tony Chinuhuk driving the cart out of the store. Police didn’t arrive until 10 minutes later. By that time the Anchorage resident was just clearing the end of the Safeway parking lot.

The “Mart Cart” has a chair with a shopping basket mounted in front of the handlebars, is battery-operated and valued at $2,500. Chinuhuk was charged with felony second-degree theft.

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Alice in Dairyland to Do Christmas Tree Cutting Ceremony Tuesday

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection invites media professionals to join 70th Alice in Dairyland Crystal Siemers-Peterman and Adams County students when Siemers-Peterman helps cut down a Christmas tree to mark the start of the 2017 Christmas tree season. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1 p.m., at Ginter Tree Farms, 1884 County Rd N, Friendship WI 53934.

A group of Adams County fifth-graders will spend the day with Alice in Dairyland learning about Wisconsin agriculture and the Christmas tree industry at Ginter Tree Farms, a family-owned Wisconsin farm producing cut-your-own and fresh-cut Christmas trees, and wreaths, garland, and boughs. Additional education stations will also be hosted by the Adams County DNR and FFA chapter.

The Christmas tree cutting by Alice in Dairyland is held each year on a different Wisconsin tree farm. The annual tree-cutting is sponsored by the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association.

Alice in Dairyland is a contract employee of DATCP and serves one year as Wisconsin’s agricultural ambassador educating media, students and communities about the state’s $88 billion agriculture industry. This event will be one of many in the next several months leading up to the selection of the 71st Alice in Dairyland May 17-19, 2018 in Adams County.

Wisconsin is the nation’s fifth-largest Christmas tree producer, with an annual harvest of more than 600,000 trees valued at more than $16 million. There are more than 850 Christmas tree farms in the state, covering more than 23,600 acres.

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Milk Source LLC Donates to Wisconsin Discovery Center

Milk Source LLC is partnering with the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center with a $100,000 gift to support the educational experiences for visitors. Interested in telling the story of modern sustainable agriculture and premier animal care, both organizations felt it was opportune moment to join together.

“Having been named the international Innovative Dairy Farm of the Year and a two-time Leopold Wisconsin Conservation Award finalist in recent years, Milk Source was an ideal partner for the Discovery Center,” said Julie Maurer, president of the organization’s board of directors. “Whether we’re discussing humane herd management, consumer- and employee-safety practices or environmentally responsible farming techniques, Milk Source has earned a reputation of being in the vanguard,” she said. “Who better to help us tell the modern farmer’s story?”

The future Dairy Diversity exhibit will feature an interactive wall of dairy products, everything from butter, yogurt, cheese and ice cream. Also included in this exhibit will the opportunity to explore how dairy processing facilities safely prepare these foods for the market. Visitors will be able to experience this exhibit along with dozens of others after the much-anticipated Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center Grand Opening in Summer 2018.

“From the first day the Center opens, we’ll be excited to share our story with visitors of all ages,” said Todd Willer, Milk Source partner. “This will be a great opportunity.”

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Rescue Dog Loses Almost 30 Pounds on a Diet

Strudel the dog once weighed a whopping 80 pounds, but now she’s working on her summer body.

The 7-year-old rescue pup was surrendered after her owner died, and now lives with a loving foster family, Kristen and Wynn Horton in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The golden retriever mix is down to 54 pounds after working out at Zoom Room, a dog training facility in Virginia Beach, since June.

“When she came in we did everything nice and slow in 30-minute sessions,” John Cotthaus, owner of Zoom Room, told ABC News. “Halfway through she was completely puttered out, which we expected.”

But Cotthaus could tell Strudel was different than most of his canine clients.

“Normally it’s like leading a horse to a carrot,” he said of coaxing other dogs to do their workout routines. “She didn’t need any of that. You pointed her in the direction, and you saw the twinkle and sparkle in her eye that she really enjoys it. It’s really cool to watch her transformation.”

They’re slowly but surely getting Strudel back in shape and getting “her beach body going,” Cotthaus said with a laugh.

Strudel has been enjoying her exercise and diet plan and seems to be thrilled to have the nearly 30 pounds off her.

“She definitely has gained a lot more energy,” said Strudel’s foster dad, Wynn Horton. “There’s a lot more pep in her step. It was a complete behavioral shift. She went from being very sluggish and slow to respond to all of a sudden coming alive. She loves walking and running around. It’s like a whole new dog.”

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Drunk Driving…on a Horse?

Yes, apparently you can be charged with DUI for drunken horseback riding, at least in Polk County, Florida.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that 53-year-old Donna Byrne was arrested and charged with drunk driving Thursday, while riding a horse on a public road.

A spokesman for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office told the paper that Byrne smelled of alcohol and staggered when she was stopped riding a horse named Boduke on a road in Lakeland, Florida Thursday afternoon.  According to the paper a passer-by called police after seeing a woman who appeared confused riding a horse.

The spokesman, Brian Bruchey, said Byrne’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.  She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and animal neglect.

Boduke was taken to the County Sheriff’s Animal Control livestock facility and will most likely be returned to Byrne, according to the paper

“Ms. Byrne was obviously not in any condition to be on the road. She not only put herself and the horse in danger, but also anyone who was driving on the road, which is typically very busy,” Sheriff Grady Judd said.