RHINELANDER - Feeding the family on a budget gets harder and harder each year. Now imagine feeding a community for a low price. One local Food Pantry looks back on a successful year that met this challenge.
The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry served more pounds of food per household than last year. Their total this year was over five-hundred fifty-four-thousand pounds of food. This total was up from last year despite rising food prices and operation expenses.
"The goal for next year or for this year actually for the food pantry of course is to continue to provide food for the hungry people in the Rhinelander Area," says Guy Hansen, Food Pantry Executive Director.
The Food Pantry expects to run into new challenges in 2013. Food prices continue to rise and storing so much food is difficult.
"We do have some space issues here. We're plenty crowded. We're looking into some possibilities for how we might improve that for next year," says Guy Hansen
The Pantry also appreciates all the volunteers that keep the shelves well stocked.
RHINELANDER - At least one elected supervisor in the Northwoods hopes his county ignores state law and goes its own way.
It's the latest argument over shoreland zoning rules in Wisconsin.
In 2015, a new law limited counties' ability to make their own shoreland zoning rules regarding issues such as lot size, vegetation, and setback of buildings. Instead, counties needed to follow a zoning law that is less restrictive to property owners. The law applies to the entire state.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School seniors will say goodbye to their school in a couple of weeks. But not before they leave something behind.
A special group of students was selected to participate in the art show. Madison Krueger-Brown, Katie Vannatter, Hayley Strong and Ciarra Clifford have been committed to the arts during their high school careers.
On Wednesday they got a chance to showcase their work.
RHINELANDER - For the last 15 years principal Shirley Heise guided and led students at Rhinelander's Nativity of Our Lord Catholic school. Late last week Heise learned she was dismissed immediately with two weeks left to go in the school year.
Some parents demanded an explanation and are still waiting on an answer.
"Couldn't have asked for a better partner," Cathy Deede said.
PHILLIPS - Kids see plenty of pressure these days and that pressure can cause kids to turn to drugs.
However, the AM Vets POST 50 teamed up with Phillips Elementary fourth grade students to give kids a different type of stress relief.
Chloe Borchert was one of nearly 70 students who skipped school to fish on Solberg Lake Wednesday to enjoy the Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs program.
"I hope to catch a lot of blue gills and croppies," said Chloe.
AM Vets Commander Douglas Rasmussen says this is the 10th year the AM Vets teamed up with the school. Every year the AM Vets purchase 100 fishing rods to give out to the Price County fourth grade students.
VILAS COUNTY - People in Vilas County will see a new member of the Sheriff's Department.
His name is Helo, and he's the new K9 unit.
He's a year-and-a-half-old Belgian Malinois from Hungary.
Helo replaces Draco, the Vilas County K9 who retired in 2016.
Helo and his handler, Deputy Zac Stern, recently got back from a six-week long training program in North Carolina.
"Give him a command, they're all in Dutch, that way I'm the only one who's familiar with the commands," Stern said.
Helo will be with Deputy Zac Stern on all of his shifts. He also lives at home with Stern.
Helo is trained in drug detection and apprehension.
"They're able to do things a lot more efficiently than we can and a lot faster," Stern said. "Kind of referring to the tracking, whether it's a missing person or a criminal we're trying to track down, obviously he can do that a lot faster."
Deputy Stern says Helo is a very friendly dog, and if you see them out and about, don't be afraid to say hello.
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