LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Dozens of people in Lac du Flambeau are back in their homes after a propane leak.
They were forced to evacuate after about 400 gallons of propane were released into the air from a home on East Fence Lake Road.
"A leak of this magnitude is not common. Normally, it's a smaller amount of material that escapes from a residential supply line or something like that. A 400 gallon spill is a significant spill," said Jim Galloway, an emergency manager with Vilas County.
An area within about a half-mile radius was evacuated. No one was injured or taken for medical treatment.
It happened as a propane supplier was putting in a new tank.
"There was a device within the tank that was supposed to prevent the loss of material when the line was disconnected. That valve apparently had failed," Galloway said.
Lac du Flambeau fire and ambulance first ordered the evacuation of the immediate area.
An evacuation means no one outside of emergency responders is allowed in the area.
"We at the county level followed that up with a Code Red telephone message to all of the people that were within the affected area, and instructed them to evacuate, and also to turn off the pilot lights to their hot water heaters and furnaces," Galloway said.
East Fence Lake Road was closed for more than an hour.
MINOCQUA - We all enjoy ice cream but many of us don't get to experience it as part of a science experiment.
It’s the day before winter break at Lakeland Union High School.
“This is a really exciting day,” said 11th grade LUHS student Thomas Austin.
Inside Mr. Katz’s Science class students are in for a big treat.
“This has been sitting here for about a week and we’re just counting down the days till we get to do this,” said 11th grade LUHS student Frank Wildcat.
Today Mr. Katz’s 11th grade students will make homemade ice cream, using liquid nitrogen at negative 320 degrees.
“Which is super super, super cold, you can see the steam coming over the sides that’s super cold too so the kids always put their hands in it or put their feet under it into that steam coming off, and it’s just a lot of fun it’s just really cold,” said LUHS Science teacher John Katz.
“It was like any normal ice cream but it looked like mashed potatoes,” said LUHS 11th grader Thomas Austin.
But it didn’t taste like mashed potatoes.
“It was best ice cream I’ve had…like ever,” said Austin.
“It’s just really really tasty stuff, and I wanted to bring that to LUHS when I came and the kids seem to enjoy it just as much as I have,” said Katz. “It’s awesome,” said Katz.
It’s a tradition science teacher John Katz has carried on for 4 years.
“Anytime you can incorporate food into a scientific experiment or a demonstration kids are going to be all over that. So they think it’s pretty cool no pun intended,” said Katz.
The students think Mr. Katz is a pretty cool teacher.
“He’s passionate about what he does he likes to teach kids, he’s fun like you know when you go into his class you want to learn you want to pay attention,” said Wildcat.
CRANDON - Ties That Bind Us, a new non-profit, partnered with Hometown Trolley for a Christmas light trolley ride fundraiser.
The trolley route showed off houses decked out in Christmas lights.
This is the first event for Ties That Bind Us. Organizers wanted it to be meaningful.
Kadie Montgomery is a Ties That Bind Us coordinator.
"The Ties that Bind Us is a new non-profit organization that is focused on helping people in Forest County who are undergoing treatment," said Montgomery. "It is very exciting, our goal would be to eliminate administration costs, like there are with most non-profits and really just focus on the community."
Two trolley's were filled with people who donated to Ties that Bind Us.
Organizers were excited to host an event that will help people the entire community during the holiday season.
Kristina Dunow is the Hometown Trolley president. She was thrilled to work with Ties That Bind Us on such a family-oriented event.
"Family time [is important] and [knowing] that paying to get on the trolley is actually going for a good cause, I think that's the number one thing this time of year, said Dunow. "It's [great] to give back, and being together with your family, enjoying the Christmas lights, and all for a good cause--it's perfect."
The non-profit is dedicated to keeping all of its profits in Forest County.
Some of the money raised will help buy gas cards for patients to get to treatment.
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