TOMAHAWK - A Northwoods restaurant gave all of today's profits to emergency responders. Tomahawk's bravest served customers at Tomahawk Family Restaurant. The restaurant was busy with customers through the lunch hour. People came in to eat and meet the fire and police crews. Restaurant owner Benny Shabani is donating all of today's profits to the fire and police departments.
"This is the first year, first time and I am hoping to do it every year, just to help them," says Shabani.
Both customers and the departments enjoyed the day.
"I think it's a fun event. It gives us a chance to talk to the public," says John Peeters, Tomahawk Fire Chief.
"We had to come today just to support our wonderful Police Department and Fire Department. They are a bunch of great guys and hard working guys," says Dede, a regular customer.
The money will be split between the fire and police departments. Both departments have plans on how to use the funding. The fire department plans to use the funds to take to the water.
"For us, on the fire side of it, we're going to be looking at a new rescue boat. We've got ten divers on the fire department and our rescue boat is 35 years old. So we're looking at updating the rescue boat and the equipment in that rescue boat," says Peeters.
Meanwhile, the police department wants to add more members to their service. They hope to start a canine unit with the money.
"A canine unit is a rather expensive venture and any money that we can get to put us closer to the unit being deployed is awesome. Any help we can get is appreciated," says Al Elvins, Tomahawk Chief Police Officer.
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 - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
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.
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