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Holiday season, snow boost sales for some Northwoods businessesSubmitted: 12/27/2014

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RHINELANDER - The holiday season can boost sales for some Northwoods businesses. But this year the snow may have helped boost business more than holidays.

The early snow fall had many people shopping for new winter clothes and boots. Some business owners think sales have been high this year because there's a lot of snow but it's not too cold.

They believe that inspires more people to want to do outdoor activities.

"December is always a good to great month. What really helps us is snow on the ground and cooler weather," says Mel's Trading Post owner Mitch Mode. "We sell a lot of skis and snowshoes. The weather really played well for us this year so we saw a nice bump in sales, and good steady traffic all month."

The manager at Mel's Trading Post thinks more people got their Christmas gifts at local shops this year. The store sold more gifts this month than during the holiday season last year. The manager thinks good customer service keeps people shopping locally.

"I like to think we're taking care of people and trying to run a business that focuses on good service and good quality," says Mode. "We try to get American made stuff when we can."

Some business owners expect sales to keep going up in the next few weeks.
That's because many people will be exchanging the gifts they didn't want.


Story By: Karolina Buczek

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 LOCAL NEWS
People take a freezing plunge for terminally ill children Submitted: 12/27/2014

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MINOCQUA - We got a lot of snow in the Northwoods Saturday. But that didn't stop people in Minocqua from jumping into a freezing lake this afternoon.

A first timer explains why he made the freezing jump to make a difference.

"It's getting close to crunch time here and I'm getting a little nervous," said first time jumper Ryan Jacobi.

This was the first time Jacobi has ever jumped into a freezing lake.

"I just decided to do this about a week ago. Found out from my mother-in-law about it," said Jacobi. "Just decided on a whim that I wanted to jump into the lake."

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Heavy snow knocks out power Submitted: 12/27/2014

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WISCONSIN - A few hundred people in the Northwoods could spend the night in the dark. Heavy overnight snowfall knocked power out for many Wisconsin Public Service customers Saturday.

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UPDATE: Montello man found safe Submitted: 12/27/2014

MONTELLO - The Wisconsin Department of Justice says 73-year-old Joseph Neis has been found safe and sound.
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The Marquette County Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin Department of Justice need your help finding a missing Montello man.

They say 73-year-old Joseph Neis went missing between 6 and 7 Saturday morning. They believe he left on foot from his residence on Cedar Lane in Montello. Deputies think he is suffering from Dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Deputies say he recently spoke about visiting relatives in Fond du Lac and Beaver Dam. He also frequents two restaurants in the Portage area, The Golden Cup 2 Cafe and Red Apple. Both places have been checked and he was at neither location.


Neis is 5'8" weighing 170lbs with blue eyes and blonde hair that's balding.

He's wearing a tan jacket, green plaid shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

If you have any information contact Marquette County Sheriff's Office at 608-297-2115.

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Marquette Co. Sheriff's Office looking for missing Montello man Submitted: 12/27/2014

MONTELLO - The Marquette County Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin Department of Justice need your help finding a missing Montello man.

They say 73-year-old Joseph Neis went missing between 6 and 7 Saturday morning. They believe he left on foot from his residence on Cedar Lane in Montello. Deputies think he is suffering from Dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Deputies say he recently spoke about visiting relatives in Fond du Lac and Beaver Dam. He also frequents two restaurants in the Portage area, The Golden Cup 2 Cafe and Red Apple. Both places have been checked and he was at neither location.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Man dies in Oshkosh apartment fireSubmitted: 12/27/2014

OSHKOSH - Police in Oshkosh say a 64-year-old man is dead after his duplex caught fire.

Sgt. Eric Stenson said in a statement that firefighters got a call of a man on fire in an apartment about 1:15 a.m. Friday. Police and firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the upstairs section of the duplex and a 57-year-old woman named Kandi West leaning out a second-floor window.

Firefighters rescued West while police evacuated the lower-level tenants. Firefighters found 64-year-old Stephen (Dallas) A. West in the second-floor apartment with severe burns. He was transported to a nearby hospital and then flown to a Madison burn unit where he died of smoke and heat inhalation.

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Sunday target to release 14 young whooping cranes into marshSubmitted: 12/27/2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Biologists with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hope to release 14 young endangered whooping cranes into a southwest Louisiana swamp on Sunday.

Possible reasons for delaying it could be too much wind for a first flight, too much fog to see or so much rain that it would drench the baggy costumes worn to keep the cranes from getting used to people.

A fourth possible reason: too many aggressive adult cranes in the neighborhood.

Biologist Sara Zimorski says that for the second year in a row, adults released in earlier years have been dropping by while the patchy cinnamon-and-white youngsters were penned. She says the adults generally show up for a day or two, then leave.

The young cranes arrived Dec. 4 from Maryland and Wisconsin.

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DNR looking to lease private land for turkey huntSubmitted: 12/27/2014

MADISON - The state Department of Natural Resources is looking to lease private land in southeastern Wisconsin to give turkey hunters more room to roam this spring.

Under the DNR's pilot Turkey Hunting Access program, leases are good until May 29, 2016. The rates are $5 per acre per year with an upfront lump sum payment from the state. Spring turkey hunters can use the leased land as if it were public from March 1 through May 29.

The program is in place across turkey management zone two, which encompasses much of the southeastern side of the state. The enrollment deadline for a two-year lease is Jan. 30. Leases after that date will last one year.

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Court rules landlord not liable in dog attackSubmitted: 12/26/2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a landlord can't be held liable as the owner of his tenants' dogs for multiple injuries they inflicted on a woman.

According to court documents, George Kontos allowed his daughter and her family to live on his Winnebago County property with their dogs. In June 2010 the dogs attacked Julie Augsburger.

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