IN OTHER NEWS
- It might be hard to imagine running a business with your mother or daughter-in-law, but for one pair, a shared hobby helped create their DIY studio. MERRILL Mother and daughter-in-law duo Diane and Alicia Kucirek opened The Painted Door in Merrill just one month ago. They take old, worn out furniture and make it new again using chalk paint. The pair decided to open the studio when both of their houses started to get jam-packed with finished chalk paint projects.
- Jurors have convicted a man accused of stealing an arsenal of firearms from a southern Wisconsin gun shop and sending an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump. MADISON The jury in Madison deliberated for about two hours Tuesday before finding Joseph Jakubowski guilty of two federal weapons charges.
- Typically, most people avoid spending time in junk yards but one Minocqua couple finds beauty in turning old antiques into art. MINOCQUA Since 2012, the retirees opened up the Rusty Truck, a business that turns aged, rusted pieces into rustic furniture and art. Owner Mike Gang says after he retired from being a firefighter, he wasn't going to let his hidden talent go to waste. "I love seeing things and seeing what they could be. [Taking] old things and turning them into something that's useful and practical," said Mike. Mike's wife Ruth Ann says she is more than happy to bring old memories to life with their creations.
- Caramel apples seem to be a go-to treat this time of year, but a tough growing season almost made them hard to find this Fall. RHINELANDER Fun Factory Sweet Shoppe in Rhinelander only uses Granny Smith apples for its caramel apples. Throughout the last few weeks, manager Judy Fritz says she had trouble finding enough green apples in the Northwoods. Stores said bad crops and little rainfall made the Granny Smith apples scarce this season. She eventually found some sold in bulk in Milwaukee to bring up north. Fun Factory is very particular about their apples, so in the meantime, Judy hand-picked from the produce aisles in local stores. "We always make sure that there are no bumps or bruises. We want a nice, perfect apple," says Fritz. Judy says you shouldn't worry about getting your hands on one of her caramel apples. Shipments of granny smith apples from Washington State have started to come in to a local store she works with.
- Two weeks ago, one high school student told her principal she felt intimidated when a classmate wore a Confederate flag sweatshirt. That complaint started a conversation--and a controversy. ELCHO On Monday night, members of the community for and against Confederate symbols in school had the chance to speak out on the issue.
- Lake Tomahawk's Camp American Legion gives active military members, veterans, and their families a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. LAKE TOMAHAWK The new director of the camp, Don Grundy, saw some changes needed to be made, especially when it came to the speed limit near the entrance of the camp that sits off County Highway D.
- Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday. HARSHAW The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure." The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.