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Room tax funds marketing opportunities for events, non-profitsSubmitted: 10/20/2014
RHINELANDER - If you stay at a motel or resort, you may notice an extra tax on your bill.

A room tax is an extra tax placed on overnight stays.

Lodges and resorts in the City of Rhinelander and Town of Pelican collect room tax.

Now you may be able to get some of that money.

The Rhinelander Tourism and Marketing Committee is taking applications for Room Tax Community Grants.

The committee gives out about 5% of the room tax collected as grants for local organizations or events.

"We disperse twice annual grants to community organizations or non-profit groups who are putting on events or programs that will be drawing people from outside the Rhinelander area into the city," said Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dana DeMet.

The grants can only be used for advertising or marketing of the events.

The committee has given out more than $115,000 in Room Tax Community Grants since 2006.

"There's a lot of community groups and organizations that are doing some really great things as well. And they're putting on their own events that do attract a good number of people into the area so it's our way of being able to support those groups and organizations so that we get even more outsider spending and even more people coming into the area and supporting our local organizations that are putting on these kinds of events," DeMet added.

Applications are due November 14th.

They're available at the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce.

There's also a link to the application below.

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Story By: Lauren Stephenson

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Woodruff man charged with driving drunk, stealing and damaging property at Minocqua's WalmartSubmitted: 10/20/2014

RHINELANDER - A Woodruff man faces multiple charges for allegedly driving drunk, stealing and damaging property.

The criminal complaint says police got a call last Monday.

Timothy Brewster was allegedly knocking stuff off shelves at Minocqua's Walmart.

Security video from Walmart shows Brewster driving his car into a cart corral.

The video also shows him stumbling and knocking items from the shelf on the floor.

Brewster fought with officers when they tried to arrest him.

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An 86-year-old Lac du Flambeau man was driving south in the northbound lane.

He hit a car driven by an 87-year-old woman.

The man and his passenger, an 87-year-old woman, were taken to Howard Young Medical Center.

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The sheriff's office identifies the victim as Gale Burkhalter.

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Two other wolf hunting zones in Northern Wisconsin closed for the season Sunday.

The Department of Natural Resources closed Zones 1 and 4.

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