RHINELANDER - We almost know who the new superintendent of the School District of Rhinelander will be.
The school board narrowed its candidates down to three.
The board started looking for a new superintendent at the end of last year.
Current superintendent Dr. Roger Erdahl will retire at the end of June.
The board narrowed the search to three candidates.
Jean Broadwater is the current superintendent of the Houston School District in Minnesota.
Kelli Jacobi is Rhinelander's Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
Tom Johansen is D. C. Everest's high school principal.
Board president Ron Counter said whoever is chosen needs to be financially responsible.
"The future of the Rhinelander School District, relies heavily on its budget and future budget initiatives. And so I'm hoping this candidate can come forward, create some trust within the community, be a face of the school district and have a strong financial background so that they can lead us into the future," said Counter.
Final interviews for the three candidates are scheduled for February 27th.
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 - 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.
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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