RHINELANDER - The annual Hodag Home Show made its way to the Rhinelander High School gym for the second time.
This is a good chance to come down and sample stuff without pressure from a sales man.
"It’s a great chance to come in doors," said Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Event Coordinator, Kate Bauman.
"No matter what the weather is, no matter how cold it is still outside, to come out and see exactly what the trends are, what the new products are, what the new service are."
"A lot of people may not necessarily be interested in buying stuff here, but a lot of the local venders and stuff like to get their products out and get their names known," Sounds and Motion Manager Home Theater AV Specialist, Jamie Pender said.
"Show people stuff that they may not even know that are out there and exist."
Some people we met were just here to window shop. But one couple has some bigger plans.
"We’ve owned a lot in Rhinelander for ten years now and we figured it was time to build on it," said potential home builder, Gerry Goetz.
"So we thought we’d come to the show here and meet some of the builders."
There’s even something extra for you if you shop till you drop.
"They see us doing the spinal screens and it seems like it kind of catches on and everybody is like what are you doing and all of a sudden a line forms," Allied Health Chiropractor, Dr. David Barr.
"Everybody is interested in chiropractic. It’s a good time to explain to them that we’re not just doctors for pain treatments. We adjust the whole spine for the function of the spine."
If you’re not into gadgets, gardening or home care, the chamber added something new this year.
"Rhinelander Chryslers, Dodge, Jeep and Ram have signed up to be outside obviously. They’ve got cars and trucks for sale," said Bauman.
"They are happy to show off the new models and they will be happy to assist anybody who might be in the market for a new vehicle."
If you missed the event today, you still have a chance to stop by tomorrow from ten a.m. until three p.m.
"We’ve got stuff for the kids. Home Depot should be here again with the workshop for the kids, bouncy house for the kids," Bauman said.
"It’s just a great afternoon with the family. There is absolutely something for everything."
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
MINOCQUA - The Minocqua police department could have a new police chief in early May. David Jeager has been the acting chief of police since October.
He will undergo a background check, drug screening, and psychological exam before he is named the current chief of police. He would be replacing former Police Chief Andy Gee. Jeager is excited about what the future may bring.
"I'm extremely excited," says Minocqua acting Police Chief David Jeager. "I believe that this department has great potential and we have a great group of people working for this department,” says Jeager.
“We have great officers, we have great dispatchers, we have great administration.I feel that we can really provide a service to this community that's second to none,” says Jeager.
Jeager has worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years. He's worked at the Minocqua Police Department for 6 years.
RHINELANDER - A landfill near Rhinelander saw more recycling last year.
The Oneida County Solid Waste Department had an increase in recycled materials in 2013.
People might be buying more because of an improving economy, but that's not the only reason for the increase.
The contracts from disposal companies also play a major role.
"The contract for the city of Rhinelander had come up and it was re-bid," said Oneida County Solid Waste Superintendent Brian Dutcher. "Northern Waste at the time was awarded that bid or that contract. All of the materials that they picked up for the city came out here."
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