EAGLE RIVER - On Wednesday, Northland Pines Elementary students and Eagle River Fire Department had big plans.
Build a castle with nothing but Milk Jugs and good old fashion work ethic. But Working doesn't mean you can't have fun.
"We focus on jobs and we also focus on heroes, community. This really fits into all aspects. And the kids are so excited to see a fire fighter these are there heroes." said Kindergarten Teacher Sarah Simac.
Teaching a few lessons is the goal for Assistant Fire Chief Nikolai Karl. He just knows kid's love getting their hands messy.
"Anything that's hands on with the safety house where the kids actually do something. They not only retain it but they get to be active and children like to be active."
If kids have doubts about scary firefighters--projects like these extinguish that thought.
"We get to go to the fire department in October for fire prevention and that's their first meeting with them. It just gets the kids more comfortable seeing them and they're just overall excited about it."
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
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