RHINELANDER - Any Northwoods ladies not going out for the fishing opener this weekend can still find something to do. The Rhinelander Camber of Commerce is hosting the first annual Girlfriends Getaway.
There will be workshops for local women to learn things that the community has to offer.
Sessions cover everything from baking and cooking, to pilates and belly dancing. There are also sessions for identity theft protection and starting a business.
"We picked the fishing opener; a lot of guys traditionally go fishing on this weekend. We thought a lot of ladies might be home alone anyway so they might want to get their girlfriends together to go out and have some fun while the guys are gone all weekend. We'll do it again next year. We know the ladies will have a good time this weekend and they'll get more of their friends to come back next year and we'll do it all over again," says Kate Bauman, Rhinelander Chamber Tourism and Event Coordinator.
The weekend starts off with a reception tonight at the Days Inn and Suites in Downtown Rhinelander.
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.
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.
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