SAYNER - 55-year-old Sandra Schinke's disappearance is rattling residents as rescue crews search surrounding areas looking for her.
"I am in just total shock about this. I can't believe in a small town all of a sudden we're having all these things happen. It's just unbelievable," said Jan Heeran who works in St. Germain.
Since Saturday, the Vilas County Sheriff's Department along with rescue teams from surrounding communities and other states, have been scouring wooded areas around the Schinke's home but so far there has been so sign of Sandra.
"There's nothing amiss she's just vanished. She's gone." said Sandra's Husband Jim Schinke.
This is the first time since his wife disappeared, Jim has spoken on-camera to the media.
He said he was in North Dakota on business when she vanished.
Jim said he is a construction electrician and he frequently travels out there.
But when he's gone, not a day went by where the two don't speak.
"Every day at 6pm we have a special time when we talk…on Thursday she was not available. She did not answer her phone. I always told her if I couldn't get a hold of her for two days I was coming home," said Jim.
When he didn't hear from Sandra he called the Sheriff's Department.
Jim described that call saying, "While talking to the Sheriff's Department, I asked them to come over just to check on her. I told them what vehicle she had. It was in the garage. They knocked on the door and there was no answer."
Sandra was last seen Thursday walking along County Hwy N. An area where Jim said she was frequently.
"She always takes her phone That's why this is so odd. Her phone is here. Her house keys were in the house. Her wallet was in the house, all of her IDs. It doesn't make any sense," said Jim.
The couple have been married for 14 years and he says she's never left home before and has no history of memory loss or mental health.
The Vilas County Sheriff's Department says no items such as clothes or jewelry were missing from their home to suggest she left.
Jim and other family members have passed out flyers to local businesses and residents hoping to spread the word but for now all they can do is wait.
The family said they hope to hold a Support Vigil in Sayner on Saturday afternoon. We'll have details on this as it becomes available.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group held a seminar at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Tuesday, to plan how to make Wisconsin more attractive to skilled workers and manufacturing businesses.
WMC's president believes the shortage in younger people in the industry has to do with two big misconceptions about manufacturing.
"The younger kids, as do their parents, have a perception on what manufacturing looks like and it's about 40 years out of date. If you're in an advanced manufacturing facility now, it's clean, it's high-tech, the engineers and technicians are working together," said Jim Morgan."We have a perception problem. I think we still have a definition of success that's says unless you have a four-year degree, you're not successful."
Morgan says groups like WMC work to change that perception. He believes workers with a two-year degree are just as successful in the industry.
So far, WMC held seminars at nine other technical colleges. For Rhinelander, more manufacturers could mean more economic independence.
"The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is looking to see how it can help and partner with local manufacturers to make the Rhinelander area a more favorable place for them to locate their businesses, as well as to attract and retain skilled workers to make those businesses successful," said Dana DeMet, Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce director.
Over the next six months, WMC will continue to look for ways to attract more workers and businesses to the state.
In December, it hopes to have 1000 representatives for a meeting in Milwaukee focusing on how manufacturing will benefit the state.
WMC also works with the University of Wisconsin system and the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
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