ANTIGO - On a cold night, many like to warm up by a fire.
In Antigo Wednesday night, there was a pretty big fire to keep you warm.
The Antigo Optimist Club held its annual Christmas tree burning tonight at the high school.
There was plenty of hot chocolate to keep warm if the fire wasn't enough at this tradition that's been around for decades.
"It started, back at the fairgrounds when they would have the snowmobile races and some of the optimist club members would pick all the trees up in town and bring them there and light them off and kinda kick off the beginning of the races," said organizer Shane Krueger.
Between three and four hundred trees ended up on the pile tonight.
And it doesn't take long for them to catch fire.
"It's amazing, within an hour it's down to a nice bed of coals and within an hour after that it's pretty much done. It burns quite quickly, especially with the wind today," said Krueger.
The club collected donations to benefit the Antigo Area Food Pantry
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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