PRESQUE ISLE - If you judge this book by its cover, you can guess that it's a mystery thriller set in the Northwoods.
Presque Isle's Kevin McCullough is a DNR forester by day.
But he's a fiction author by night.
"For Sauter, the whole eerie scene was more than he could bear. He wanted to go and comfort the child, but his temples were rocked by a mad pounding. Once again, he felt his eyes squeezing shut and his fists squeezing into balls," McCullough reads, a passage from his book.
That sets the tone for McCullough, writing under the pen name K.R. Mack.
"Treehouse" is the first book he's published.
"It's set in a fictional town in northern Wisconsin, so people recognize some of the backgrounds and some of the characters even though they're fictional," McCullough says.
The book follows a Northwoods detective's investigation of a string of children found hanged under a treehouse.
We won't give away the end, but will tell you it turns into a fast-paced mystery thriller.
Besides just the writing, McCullough had to teach himself to be his own publisher.
"It was a long, lengthy process. The challenge is defintely there, because there's nobody else to blame anything on when it goes wrong. It's all on your lap," he says.
"Treehouse" is available in both paperback and as an e-book.
Follow the links below to read the first chapters and buy the book.
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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