ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Moms always want what's best for their babies. But often they're not sure how to begin with nutrition. One local organization can help with that.
The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition offers resources for women interested in, or need help with breastfeeding. Not all mothers are able to breastfeed but doctors and nurses encourage it.
"Time and money saved and also just the immunity for babies. Babies are born with very little immunities so they get that protection from their moms. So typically women that breastfeed have babies with lower ear infection rates and allergies," says Brenda Husing, RD and Lactation Specialist.
The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition provides resources for mothers who breastfeed. Their mission is to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
"Moms really want to do what's best for their baby and if things aren't going exactly the way they read in the books, they're going to start to feel like they're doing something wrong," says Sarah Alberg, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for the coalition.
Sarah Alberg is a member of the coalition and works one-on-one with new mothers. She takes the time to get to know each mom.
"They would feel comfortable that if there is a time when they needed some help, they could text me at midnight if they needed to and I would be able to just respond to them and not give them a hard time. Just to offer them support," says Alberg.
For more information on the Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition, visit the link.
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.
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.
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.
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