RHINELANDER - Usually, being escorted by a police officer in a store is not a good thing... That is unless you're shopping with him.
"We get a group of well-deserving children, about 20 children, and we take them Christmas shopping,” said Officer Chad Brown of the Rhinelander Police Dept. “We encourage them to buy presents for themselves, and if they would like, for their immediate family."
It's called the "Shop with a Cop" program. For the 4th year, Rhinelander police and firefighters will buddy up with 3rd graders to make their Christmases a little brighter- while giving them a different view of police.
"They get partnered with either a police officer, or a firefighter, or sometimes both... It helps develop a relationship with the police officers and children, they get to meet us on a personal level, they get to see that we're not here only in bad situations, we’re here to help, we’re here as friends."
After shopping with their new big buddy, kids head back to the station for help wrapping their toys. They leave with gifts in hand, and memories for a lifetime.
"They love it, they come here just excited... I still have kids come up to me and they remember that they went shopping with us and they tell me how they're doing and they're so happy to see us," said Brown.
The shopping trip is December 8th this year, but to make it happen they need contributions from the community.
You can drop off or mail a check to the Rhinelander Police department by December 3rd to help a kid shop with a Cop.
Address envelopes to Chad Brown, Rhinelander Police Department, 201 North Brown Street Rhinelander, WI 54501. Make checks out to the Rhinelander Professional Police Association, care of Chad Brown.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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