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Medicine
Evers launches $100 vaccine reward program

OSHKOSH — Gov. Tony Evers and the state Department of Health Services announced Monday that Wisconsin residents who receive their first dose of any COVID-19 vaccine from a Wisconsin provider between now and Sept. 6 can collect a $100 Visa gift card. Wisconsinites ages 12 and older are eligible for the reward, and proof of insurance, I.D., or citizenship are not required to be eligible for the vaccine or to receive the $100 reward.

"As our kids start returning back to school, and with the Delta variant spreading rapidly across the state, we all need to step up and stop the spread, and our COVID-19 vaccines are the best tools we have to do just that," Evers said. "From now through Labor Day, if you're a Wisconsin resident and you get your first COVID-19 shot here in the state, you will get $100 bucks. It's that simple: get vaccinated, get $100. I'm calling on all eligible Wisconsinites who have not gotten their COVID-19 vaccine yet to step up, roll up their sleeve, and do their part to help protect our state and put an end to COVID-19."

In order to receive the $100 Visa gift card, Wisconsin residents will need to fill out the form available at 100.wisconsin.gov. Information submitted will be used to verify that individuals received their first vaccine dose from a vaccine provider located in Wisconsin between Aug. 20 and Sept. 6. Visa cards will be mailed to the individual's Wisconsin address and may take up to six weeks to be mailed to participants.

For more information on the reward program, visit the DHS $100 reward page or call 844-684-1064. Language assistance is available. To find a COVID-19 vaccine location in your community, visit Vaccines.gov or call 2-1-1 or 877-947-2211.

"COVID-19 is continuing to spread and mutate into highly transmissible variants like the Delta variant. Fortunately, the science and data are showing us that we can protect ourselves and our loved ones by getting vaccinated," said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. "The vaccines are extremely safe. They are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. And they are critical to protecting our kids, our healthcare workers, and the most vulnerable people in our state. Let's not give COVID-19 the opportunity to keep mutating: roll up your sleeve, get your vaccine, and claim your $100."

Many Wisconsinites face financial barriers to access the COVID-19 vaccine— factors such as transportation, childcare, or the inability to take time off from work which can make it difficult for many to get vaccinated. The $100 COVID-19 Vaccine Reward Program will provide some additional support to those wanting to get protected against COVID-19. In addition to this reward, Wisconsinites can call 2-1-1 to get assistance finding transportation. There are also some services being offered by national companies listed on the COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives webpage. For those who have been financially impacted by the pandemic, visit the COVID-19 Response Resources webpage for a list of available support services.

The $100 COVID-19 Vaccine Reward Program is part of the ongoing effort to stop the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant by encouraging Wisconsinites to get vaccinated. Wisconsin continues to experience an increase of COVID-19 cases, driven by the Delta variant. The Delta variant is much more contagious than the original strain of COVID-19. With the original strain of COVID-19, an infected person was likely to infect two other people who are likely to infect two additional people for a total of six cases from one infection. With the Delta variant, an infected person is likely to infect five people which can lead to an approximate total of 30 cases from just one infection.

While vaccination is the most important layer of protection against COVID-19, with the high-level of disease transmission in Wisconsin, DHS is urging everyone to add more layers of protection including masking up indoors and staying home when feeling sick.

To stay up-to-date on COVID-19 and to learn more about how to stay protected, subscribe to the DHS COVID-19 Weekly Newsletter.


Sport
Spirit-Hill-Ogema Fair in the books

The 79th annual Spirit-Hill–Ogema 4-H Fair was held at the Spirit Town Hall July 30-31. Twenty-two 4-Hers from the Hillbillies, Happy Hoboes, Wilson Workers, and Hamburg Hawks clubs exhibited more than 300 entries. Traditional in-person events including exhibit judging, lunch, games and skits that returned after last year's all-virtual fair.

Reigning queen Anja Lind crowned Hamburg Hawks member Katelyn Schult, daughter of Scott and Colleen Schult, the 2021 fair queen.

The post-fair meeting will be held Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Spirit Town Hall. It is open to the public.

For more fair history or to view additional photos visit the fair website: https://sites.google.com/site/spirithillogema4hfair/or find the fair on facebook.

Special merit ribbon-winners and trophy-winners by 4-H Club:

Hamburg Hawks

Derek Schult: Merit – Phenology project; Katelyn Schult: Trophy (Photography Best of Show) & Merit – color flower enlargement, Merit – 3 nature photos, Merit – 3 photos showing symmetry, Merit – black & white pet enlargement, Trophy (Communications Best of Show) – Dorothea Lange display, Trophy (Drawing & Painting Best of Show) & Merit – mixed media neurographic art, Merit – wood turned pen, Merit – wooden side table, Trophy (Flowers Best of Show) – Celosia.

Wilson Workers

Brook Peterson: Trophy (Beef Best of Show) – Composite Charolais heifer, Trophy (Pets Best of Show) – tortoise, Trophy (Rabbit Best of Show) – English Angora, Merit – digitally enhanced photo.

Happy Hoboes

Henry Kielsmeier: Trophy (Woodworking Best of Show) & Merit – item of creative design, Merit – hunting knife, Merit – wood knife handle, Merit – colored pencil Charger car drawing; Sam Kielsmeier: Trophy (Arts & Crafts Best of Show) & Merit – metal aircraft and vehicles, Merit – prepared and mounted antlers; Bailey Miller: Trophy (Poultry Best of Show) – Bantam chicken.

Hillbillies

Ahnalie Berg: Merit – insect display; Lena Berg: Merit – fish exhibit, Merit – display of a barn, Merit – painting, Merit – paper cardinals on painted birch trees; Everly Bleck: Merit – painting, Merit – exhibit about pet dog; Chloe Cummings: Trophy (Goat Best of Show) – pet goat, Trophy (Foods Best of Show) – cupcakes, Merit – horse Dallas, Merit – animal photo; Aarik Lind: Trophy (Vegetables Best of Show) – leaf lettuce, Trophy (STEM Best of Show) & Merit – LEGO log loader; Anja Lind: Trophy (Performing Arts Best of Show) – music performance, Trophy (Home Projects Best of Show) – crocheted doily, Merit – crocheted hat, Merit – nationality bread; Joren Lind: Trophy (Cloverbuds Best of Show) – pressed flowers book; Kajsa Lind: Trophy (Natural Science Best of Show) & Merit – parts of a bee poster, Merit – marker drawing, Merit – original music performance; Antonia Nelson: Trophy (Sheep Best of Show) – mature ewe, Merit – horse Spice; Heidi Nelson: Trophy (Dairy Best of Show) – Holstein heifer, Trophy (Horse Best of Show) – Sparkles; Josiah Scott: Merit – painted map.

Games winners:

Frog Jumping Contest:

Person's Name: Frog Name: Distance (3 jumps):

1st: Katelyn Schult Freedom 71"

2nd: Joren Lind Simon 57"

2nd: Bailey Miller Richard 57"

Egg-toss:

First-fifth grade: Ben Kielsmeier and Joren Lind

Sixth-eighth grade: Eliah Harding and Leo Nelson

High school: Lydia Harding and Henry Kielsmeier

Adults: Henry Kielsmeier and Anja Lind, Dave Harding and Loren Nelson

4-H Club Tug-of-War Winners: Happy Hoboes


Sport
Price County Fair returns this weekend

The 135th annual Price County Fair is back after a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there will be some changes in place.

The fair runs from Friday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, a change from past years.

Fair Board Chairwoman Michelle Drobnik said the park will not be open to everyone this year during the judging. People can still bring their exhibits and animals to the fairgrounds for judging, but they will be on display alongside an interactive butterfly and insect exhibit. All judging is face-to-face, and the judges will be certified. Open-class and 4-H entries can be dropped off Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 25-26.

Masks are encouraged but not required, and there will be hand-washing and sanitizing stations throughout the fairgrounds.

Friday, the fair opens with the interactive displays, family entertainment by juggler Dan Kirk and Farmer Donnie, a speaker from the Price County Library on the county's history and the return of K&M Rides & Amusements' carnival. These events will continue throughout the weekend.

The Phillips Veterinary Clinic will sponsor a karaoke contest at 5 p.m. for cash prizes, and the market sale begins at 7 p.m. The night's music, beginning at 8 p.m., features Tom Katalin and Highway 41 from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Saturday, the Price County 4-H Horse Council will have its open speed show at 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m. A Kids' Sawdust Dig will be held from 11 a.m. to noon., followed by a kiddie tractor pull at 5 p.m.

Live music will be by Shane Kronberger from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by Alec Davis at 8 p.m.

Sunday, the horse pulls will begin at noon in the grandstands. Elvis John will perform from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and the Farm Olympics also begin at 1 p.m.

The Ohstrom School, or Old Log School House, will be open throughout the weekend.

There will be food and vendors, face painting and a children's museum.

Drobnik said the fair organizers are excited to welcome everyone back to the Price County Fair.

The Price County Fairgrounds is located one mile east of Phillips on Highway H.


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