WAUSAU - You can find out all sorts of things on Facebook.
Who's single, who had a good bracket, what your coworker had for breakfast.
But now you can get information that might help you avoid a traffic jam or even keep you safe.
The Wausau Fire Department is on Facebook.
Office Assistant Mindy Walker started posting regularly on Facebook and Twitter in March.
"The idea was to get safety information out to our residents," Walker said. "Let them know if there were any road closures or fires in an area, for them to plan accordingly and travel around that area."
Before, the department had been limited to the local newspaper for notifications.
But social media is faster and more flexible.
"Everyone seems to be going more towards the technology," Walker said. "We're reaching a lot more people this way and they're sharing it with their friends."
Walker also used the pages to recruit new firefighters.
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.
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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