Seeking Your Input on Health Survey

Healthy People Lincoln County is interested in learning more about the health issues affecting Lincoln County residents. Starting this June, a community health opinion survey will be distributed throughout the county to gather information on the strengths, challenges and barriers to health in Lincoln County. This information will be used to identify health priorities and will help guide countywide prevention efforts for the next five years. Individuals that complete the survey will be entered to win a $50 Chamber Gift Certificate that can be used at local businesses.

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Teen Sexual Health Event for Parents – June 29

Not sure how to have “the talk” with your child? On Thursday, June 29th,  the Lincoln County Health Department will be sponsoring an event in collaboration with local primary care provider Dr. Jeffrey Moore and nurse practitioner student Katie Baumann to review current STD statistics in Lincoln County and how you as a parent can get the conversation started by talking to your teen about sex and sexual health. The event will be held at the Lincoln County Service Center, 801 N Sales St. in Merrill, Room 257 at 5pm. All are welcome.

Tobacco Sales Training Website Unveils New URL

For the past decade, has been the online destination for Wisconsin tobacco retailers looking for training to help them avoid illegal tobacco sales and hefty fines. Now, the site has a new name,, along with new features.

The training at is still free, but new features for tobacco retailers are now included, like the ability to create a store account, monitor employee training progress, and download employee training certificates. The reason the new URL was chosen is to include other tobacco types beyond cigarettes that are increasingly popular with young people. In Wisconsin, 13% of Wisconsin high school students report smoking e-cigarettes, compared to 8.1% who report smoking cigarettes. Continue reading

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, May 22-28

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week will take place May 22-28, 2017, marking the 13th anniversary of this observance.  Swimming offers many health benefits, but it is also associated with health risks (for example, diarrhea, drowning, and sunburn).

The Lincoln County Health Department wants to help you and your families have a safe and fun swimming season. Here are a few tips on how you can protect yourself and others this summer: Continue reading

Measles Outbreak Close to Home

A recent outbreak of measles is hitting close to Wisconsin borders. As of May 10, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health is reporting that 51 cases of measles have been confirmed. Forty-seven (92%) of the cases are confirmed to be unvaccinated. The majority of those infected are children between ages 0-17 years. At this time, 15 people affected have been hospitalized and no one has died. There is no reported spread of this outbreak into Wisconsin at this time. Continue reading

Local Pizza Restaurants Promote Parents Who Host Lose the Most Campaign

This graduation season, local pizza restaurants are partnering with the Lincoln County Drug-Free Coalition and local law enforcement to promote the Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t Be a Party to Underage Drinking Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to educate the community about the health and safety risks of underage drinking and the legal outcomes of providing alcohol to youth.

The following pizza establishments are supporting the campaign by placing stickers on carry out boxes and posting signage within their restaurant.

  • Ballyhoo’s Bar & Restaurant
  • Bambino’s Pizza & Grill
  • Hugo’s Pizza
  • Salvo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

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Tall Pines Community Garden – Plots Available

Applications and Orientation

Applications are now being accepted for plots at the Tall Pines Community Garden. The Tall Pines Community Garden is located on Pine Crest Grounds at the Corner of Sixth Street and Memorial Street. There will be approximately 48 garden plots for rent available this Spring. The garden is open to anyone interested in having a garden alongside others in their community; no pesticides such as Continue reading

Risk for Blastomycosis Increases in Warmer Months

Lincoln County has historically had higher rates of Blastomycosis than other areas in Wisconsin. Although numbers of Blastomycosis in Lincoln County have gone down in recent years (4 cases in 2016 and 1 case in 2015), it is still a disease that residents need to be aware of.

Blastomycosis or “Blasto” is an infection caused by the fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis. The fungus lives in moist soil, decaying wood and leaves. The fungus only grows and produces infecting spores under certain conditions which relate to humidity, temperature and soil nutrition. These conditions are commonly found near lakes and rivers. Continue reading

Celebrate National Infant Immunization Week April 22 – 29

Parents agree that establishing schedules for eating and sleeping are important for keeping their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual event that highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and the success of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States.

Public health and medical experts base vaccine recommendations on many factors. They study information about diseases and vaccines very carefully to decide which vaccines kids should get and when they should get them for best protection. “Here in the U.S., our current schedule of infant and child vaccines has proven to be among the most effective public health measures in history.  Continue reading