PHELPS - Take a scavenger hunt. Give it a 21st century twist, and you get Geocaching.
"Geocaching is a very inexpensive opportunity for the people in town to get together with their families and do something else without having the computer screens always in front of the kids," says Arlyne Becker, Phound It in Phelps co-coordinator."
Arlyne and her husband recently organized a free Geocaching event in Phelps.
Treasure hunters take a list of coordinates and use their GPS's to find containers like this called Geocaches.
"They have little trinkets and stuff in there that you can trade," Becker says.
Once you find a Geocache, you take a trinket out, and put one in.
That way the Geocache remains full for others.
"It's fun to do that because I really like finding things," says 6-year-old Abraham Meinka.
Abraham and his dad, Kevin, play this never-ending game in Wisconsin and their home state of Michigan.
"I like to get him out into a wild area to have him experience nature. I think he has a good time finding things and looking for them," Kevin says.
Geocaching isn't just a fun, inexpensive way to get the family outdoors.
It also helps them find some of their new favorite places.
"You get out into these parks and wild areas that you would not know about except for you're there geocaching and some of them, you know, we now regular because they're just such interesting, neat places," Kevin Meinka says.
The 21st century scavenger hunt started in 2000 in Oregon.
Since then, it's expanded worldwide.
Now there are more than 2 million Geoecaches located around the world.
Arlyne lives in West Bend now but decided to organize the event in her hometown to show people what Phelps has to offer.
"The people that have come in here, a lot of them have been, 'We've heard about it. We don't know what it is. We're from Chicago. You know, get us going on this. And what a perfect opportunity for them all to get to try it," Becker says.
Those geocachers can now put Phelps on the worldwide geocaching map.
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 - 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 - 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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