CONOVER - A slow economy can challenge any business.
It's even more difficult for non-profits who rely on donations.
That's why one Northwoods business teamed up with an area museum to help on its busiest weekend.
Twin Lakes Trading Company hosted a fundraiser benefiting the Northwoods Children's Museum on Friday.
The home building company will donate $10 to the museum for every signature on the day's guest book.
Owner Mike Hoffman thinks the center needs help.
"You talk to any kid that goes to that museum, even adults, they have a great time, Hoffman said. "They love it, they think it's wonderful, they're appreciative that it's there but it needs funding."
Rouleen Gartner, Northwoods Children Museum executive director, says this is their busiest weekend of the year.
She thinks the museum would disappear without help from the community.
"Fundraisers like this, and support from businesses like this, are what keeps the museum open," Gartner said. "They help us build things in the museum but also, help in financial ways, and we would not be here without local community support like this."
Local business donations are about 40 percent of the children museum's yearly budget.
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.
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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