MINOCQUA - Another Northwoods community hopes to make itself better known.
Lake Tomahawk joined the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce.
Lake Tomahawk is the newest member of the Chamber, which includes Minocqua, Woodruff, and Arbor Vitae.
The community will now tap into the Minocqua Area Chamber's ability to sell the Northwoods.
"Our marketing efforts reach far beyond this area, primarily to the southern part of the state and Northern Illinois. We wanted to let them be a part of that because they by themselves were not able to do that," says Kim Baltus, the Minocqua Area Chamber Executive Director.
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board unanimously approved joining the chamber.
It means visitors to the area will pay a little more for hotel rooms.
The room tax will be slightly higher.
The Minocqua Area Chamber plans to promote the natural beauty of Lake Tomahawk, and, of course, snowshoe baseball.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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