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.
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 get the job done.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expected 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.
MINOCQUA - Imagine seeing the home you grew up in being torn down to make way for a construction project. That's exactly what happened to one family in Minocqua. Here's a look today as they began tearing down the house. (Click the link to watch the video)
MINOCQUA - The Minocqua police department could have a new police chief in early May. David Jeager has been the acting chief of police since October.
He will undergo a background check, drug screening, and psychological exam before he is named the current chief of police. He would be replacing former Police Chief Andy Gee. Jeager is excited about what the future may bring.
"I'm extremely excited," says Minocqua acting Police Chief David Jeager. "I believe that this department has great potential and we have a great group of people working for this department, says Jeager.
We have great officers, we have great dispatchers, we have great administration.I feel that we can really provide a service to this community that's second to none, says Jeager.
Jeager has worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years. He's worked at the Minocqua Police Department for 6 years.
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