Blue Green Algae

August 19th, 2016

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has identified blue green algae on Pine Lake in Hiles, WI.

We would like to alert the public to the potential dangers of the harmful algal blooms.

We can still enjoy our beautiful lakes but please use common sense when swimming, waterskiing and letting our pets swim.

Please see post from 8/3/16 for more information or go to:

WI Department of Natural Resources

WI Department of Health

Click here to view the Blue Green Algae brochure from the WI Department of Health Services:  Blue Green Algae Brochure



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Crandon Community Garden Open House

Please join us at the Crandon Community Garden for the Open House on September 9th! garden openhouse flyer2016

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Harmful Algal Blooms – 8/3/2016

The Do’s and Don’ts of Harmful Algal Blooms

You may see algal blooms on our lakes this summer and they may be different colors such as blue, green, white, red or brown. They may look like pea soup or thick paint, foam or scum floating on the water and might have a foul odor.  They can also accumulate along the shoreline.

Cyanobacteria (Blue green algae) can cause blooms in lakes if the conditions are just right. Some types can produce toxins and can harm the liver or nervous system in humans and animals if ingested.  They can also cause eye irritation, rash, vomiting, diarrhea or cold and flu-like symptoms.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends these actions:

Don’t swim, water ski, or boat in areas where the water is discolored or where you see foam, scum, or mats of algae on the water.

Don’t let pets or livestock swim in or drink from these areas.

Don’t let pets lick the algae from their fur.

Do rinse yourself and your pet off immediately if there is contact with algae infected waters.

Do look for beach postings and water quality notices before swimming.

Do get medical treatment right away if you think you, your pet, or livestock might have been poisoned by algal toxins.

The public is encouraged to report algae related diseases by calling 608-266-1120 or online at

For more information on harmful algal blooms, go to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services or Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources websites or call the Forest County Health Department at 715-478-3371.

Photos of Harmful Blue-green Algal Blooms:


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Tips for Staying Cool and Safe in the Summer Heat


  • Never leave children, disabled persons, or pets in a parked car-even briefly
  • Fans help circulate air and make you feel cooler, even in an air conditioned home
  • Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and eat lightly
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these promote dehydration
  • Look after the young and the aged; babies and older adults are more susceptible to heat induced illness

Warm temperatures combined with high humidity can pose a risk for heat-related illness and even death. Be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:

  • Heat exhaustion: heavy sweating, paleness, tiredness, headache, weakness,   dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fainting
  • Heat stroke: extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees), red, hot, and dry skin, (no sweating), rapid, strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness

*The signs of heat stroke could indicate a life-threatening emergency and should be addressed and treated immediately!


Local Cooling Centers

  • Associated Bank- 210 South Lake Ave. Crandon (During Regular Business Hours)
  • CoVantage Credit Union- 502 W Pioneer Street Crandon (Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:30PM)
  • Crandon Public Library- 110 W Polk Street, Crandon (During Regular Business Hours)
  • Forest County Courthouse- Boardroom- 200 E Madison Street, Crandon (Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM)
  • Laona Senior Center- 5277 Linden Street, Laona (On Senior Meal Days)
  • Mole Lake Casino- 3084 STHWY 55, Crandon (Regular Business Hours)
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2015-2016 Community Health Improvement

It is our pleasure to share with you the 2016 Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties Community Health Needs Assessment. On behalf of the three Boards of Health, steering committees, and three Ministry Health Care hospitals, we hope you will find this information useful in planning and responding to the needs of our community. We would like to personally thank UW – Extension and The Division of Public Health-Northern Region for their continued support and resources.

This Document represents the work of over 75 community leaders and partners in addition to the staff in all three county health departments and Ministry Health Care. These partners demonstrated a strong commitment to assessing the health needs of Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties, working collaboratively to making our communities healthier.  The Community Health Needs Assessment is meant to summarize the key findings from data analysis, a day long community meeting held December 11, 2015, interviews and community surveys.

Following the community assessment, a Community Health Improvement Plan will be developed. This plan provides a template to assist public health stakeholders with implementing the evidenced-based strategies that address the top three health priorities of:

Alcohol and Drug Use

Mental Health

Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

We hope that you find this document useful and welcome any comments or suggestions you may have for improving the health of our communities. Please click the following link to provide feedback. 

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

Community Data Fact Sheets

Community Health Survey Final Report


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