RHINELANDER - Preparing for college can be stressful, especially if you're thinking of ways to pay for school.
Nicolet College held a seminar on free application for Free Application Federal Student Aid this weekend.
They wanted to show parents and teenagers that there are other options for paying for school.
"It's hard for parents to afford college and higher education," said Nicolet Financial Aid Director, Jill Rice.
"It's important for students to have it and this is the way the federal government is helping students go on for a higher education."
Legislators have discussed making cuts to students financial aid, but Nicolet College Financial Aid Director, Jill Rice, thinks there are plenty of reasons for it to continue.
"Students need this. Like I said 80 percent receives some sort of form of financial aid," said Rice.
"That tells you something. They can't do it on their own."
One of the main topics discussed today was filling out the forms right now, but it also sheds light for parents who don't know that much about federal student aid, especially if they want to go back to college.
"I learned quite a bit and quite a lot and knowing now what I know," said Crandon Parent, Lori Lockridge.
"I could do it for myself if I choose to go back to school."
With all the options out there, having help figuring out whats best for you is important.
"For me I want to be able to get the most out of college with the least amount of pay from me that I have." said Laona High School Senior, Zach Reeves.
"This really relieved the stressed of what am I going to do for this," Rhinelander High School Senior, Kiah Sexton said.
"I know that there's aid out there and this really put it into my hands on how I'm going to get it."
The deadline to fill out the FAFSA form is in April.
RHINELANDER - Snow plows can't do their job very well when cars sit in their way. That's why Rhinelander's winter parking ban will return in just a couple of weeks.
Starting December 1st, cars can only park on designated sides of the street during the day. On even-numbered days, cars park on the side of the street with even addresses. On odd numbered days, cars must park on odd-numbered sides of the street.
ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
UPDATE: The suspected shooter from a homicide in Tomahawk has been identified as Eric Lee Moen, 32. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins confirmed Moen is being held in the Lincoln County Jail for a 1st-degree intentional homicide charge.
The Lincoln County Clerk of Courts reports Moen is being held on a $1 million cash bond. He has yet to appear in court, but an initial appearance has been set for Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Online court records show Moen was convicted of various traffic offenses. He was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in Portage County from a 2002 case.
Elvins plans to release more information Friday afternoon.
Tomahawk police identified the victim in the city's first shooting homicide in years. Friday morning, Police Chief Al Elvins announced Charles K. Ramp, 52, was shot and killed outside his home on W. Mohawk Drive Thursday night.
Police arrested the suspected shooter, a 32-year-old man from Wausau, but did not identify him. The suspect was found about 130 miles away in Lake Hallie, which is near Eau Claire.
EAGLE RIVER - Americans eat more than 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. That much thawing, handling, and cooking of turkeys means people can make mistakes.
The Vilas County Public Health Department wants to help people avoid exposing themselves to dangerous bacteria. It says frozen turkeys should always be thawed in the refrigerator or under running water.
"You don't want to set them out on your countertop for any amount of time to thaw them because that's when they're going to be in the 'danger zone.' The 'danger zone' is between 40 and 140 [degrees Fahrenheit], and that's when pathogens can grow," said Vilas County Registered Sanitarian Amy Springer.
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