CRANDON - A Northwoods Native American tribe seems to care quite a bit about a proposed casino in far southeastern Wisconsin.
The Forest County Potawatomi care so much, they put together a video ad.
Wisconsin's Menominee tribe has been trying to build a Kenosha casino for at least a dozen years.
But the Forest County Potawatomi's commercial points out Menominee business connections with non-native groups from Alabama, Connecticut, and California.
"(The Forest County Potawatomi) want(s) to make sure that truly any project that is developed in Wisconsin will truly benefit Wisconsin tribes. It shouldn't be at the detriment of another tribe. Non-native developers shouldn't stand to gain a lot of money from these projects," says Forest County Potawatomi spokesman George Ermert.
The Forest County Potawatomi also highlights connections with the Chicago mob, Jack Abramoff, and federal indictments in the history of the Kenosha proposal.
Some claim the tribe is interested in stopping the Kenosha casino because it would likely take business away from the Potawatomi casino in Milwaukee.
"I would say that's not the case at all. This project that has been discussed over the years in Kenosha is something that has had issue after issue," Ermert says.
The federal government's Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering the plans right now.
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.
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