St. Germain Sportsman’s Club members presented sheriff’s deputies Zach Stern and Helo with a check to help support the Vilas County Sheriff’s Police Dog program. Taking part in the presentation are, from left, Jim Lenz, officers Stern and Helo, John Vojta and Doug Olson.
St. Germain Sportsman’s Club members presented sheriff’s deputies Zach Stern and Helo with a check to help support the Vilas County Sheriff’s Police Dog program. Taking part in the presentation are, from left, Jim Lenz, officers Stern and Helo, John Vojta and Doug Olson.
The St. Germain Sportsman’s Club raises the majority of funds at its annual Sportsman’s Dinner, usually held in early December. The club recently presented funds raised from the dinner to two area organizations.

The St. Germain Sportsman’s Club presented Jim Harold of Big St. Germain Lake District with six rock marker buoys April 30. The club raised more than $1,400 for buoys equipped with so­lar-powered flashing lights.

Big St. Germain Lake is located in the town of St. Germain and has a surface area of 1,622 acres. According to the Department of Natural Resources it has a maximum depth of 42 feet, but there are some dangerous rocky shallow areas.

The club is dedicated to safety in all outdoor sports and in the past sponsored a hunter safety class.

For the second donation, club members presented a $2,000 gift to sheriff’s deputies Zach Stern and Helo to help Vilas County purchase additional K-9 units for its law enforcement work. 

Members of the club indicated that Vilas County does not pay for the animals and it is up to private clubs and individuals to support them. Vilas County’s goal is to have four K-9 officers so that they can more easily rotate duty shifts.

Although Helo is easily mistaken for a German Shepherd, he is actually a Belgian Malinois. The breed is used by many police departments and can be trained to sniff drugs and explosives and to track lost people.

With the possibility of marijuana being legalized in Wisconsin, Helo would have to be retrained not to alert on that particular drug, but would still need to alert on other illegal substances found in a subject’s home or auto or on their person.

Malinois are described as fiercely loyal and hard-working dogs. They can help protect their handlers as well as take an active role in search and arrest.

For more information on the club, call John Vojta at (715) 614-3611.