RHINELANDER - A trip to the grocery store made a Rhinelander woman much wealthier today.
The Rhinelander Trig's sold a Badger 5 ticket worth $293,000 yesterday.
The winner came in to verify the ticket this morning.
Customer service clerk Patti Pazera gets $50,000 winners occasionally, but this was a first.
"Her husband told her they had the winning numbers, and she didn't quite believe it, so she brought it in," Pazera said. "We're moving from one customer service center to the other right now, so we were down on our lottery, but we did have the tickets ran and she was able to verify that she was a winner."
Pazera pushes Badger 5 tickets over others because they're only sold in Wisconsin.
She said that gives lottery players better odds, but she's never seen the jackpot go this high for Badger 5.
"It's always exciting whenever we sell big tickets," Pazera said. "We always have people come in and say, 'It's always Milwaukee, it's always Madison, they never win in the Northwoods.' So now we can finally say 'Yes, they do!'"
We don't know who the winner is yet, but she and her husband have about six months to get to Madison and claim the prize.
WOODRUFF - The odds of catching someone who poached a deer remain pretty low unless someone saw or heard it happen. Luckily for law enforcement, that's what happened in Woodruff and Minocqua last week.
RHINELANDER - People know Rhinelander for producing things like specialty papers at the Expera mill, food wrappers at Printpack, and sausage at Trig's smokehouse. But AirPro, an industrial fan manufacturer, helps make up part of the business scene. Now that company is taking a new approach to its employees.
"I've never been comfortable with the idea that I'm the owner, I'm in some separate category. To me, we're all in the same boat," said AirPro President Keith White.
To White, his employees at AirPro in Rhinelander are the backbone of what the company does.
RHINELANDER - Lifting brand-new bikes out of the basement to see the light of day for the first time, Gene Welhoefer couldn't wait to put them to use.
"We'd love to wear the tires out in year one," Welhoefer said.
The Three Lakes principal loaded bike after bike--29 on this trip--into a trailer parked outside of Mel's Trading Post in Rhinelander Thursday afternoon. The school district purchased 63 bikes to promote healthy habits in Three Lakes students.
"Get outside, breathe some fresh air, soak in some sunshine, take a little ride," Welhoefer said.
MILWAUKEE - A jury has convicted a Milwaukee man of first-degree reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl.
The jury on Thursday also found Carl Barrett Jr. guilty of recklessly endangering Laylah's Peterson's grandmother, grandfather and sister who were present during the shooting in November 2014. Laylah was shot in the head as she sat on her grandfather's lap. Police say the shooters targeted the wrong house.
ST. GERMAIN - 300 Vilas County sixth-graders joined together against drugs and alcohol in St. Germain Thursday. The kids got to hang out with peers they will be going to high school with in a couple of years.
Though it all looked like fun and games, each exercise opened the floor to more serious topics like cyber-bullying, drug use, and underage drinking.
"There are little things that we are planting seeds and as those seeds are planted, later on others can help it grow as well," said UW Extension Youth Agent Nancy Ann Miller.
Throughout the day, the middle schoolers rotated through hands-on positive activities. Kids were even able to talk to Nicolet College about future career plans.
At one station, the leaders showed off Native American traditions with drumming and dancing to get the middle schoolers to open up.
"They just have a riot. You ask them what's the best thing and they say everything!" said Miller.
This is the twelfth year the positivity conference joined at St. Germain Park.
Conference coordinators say the end goal is to leave the kids with a lifelong memory of the Northwoods.
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