RHINELANDER - Whenever a store or business shuts down, we automatically think "must be the economy."
KC Menagerie in downtown Rhinelander is doing just fine. But the owners are shutting their doors just because it's time.
After seven years of watching children's faces light up, KC Menagerie in Rhinelander will be closing at the end of August according to owner Cindy Tomlanovich.
"It's been fun. It's been interesting. It's a little bit heartbreaking leaving but it's time."
It's not the economy, nor some large superstore, in fact the store was doing quite well. But it's simply time to enjoy life, says Cindy.
"I know we look extremely young, but we are of retirement age and it is time. We have a grandchild we'd like to spend more time with. We would like to do a little more traveling. I have family in different places and we'd like to go see them and spend some time with them."
For Cindy and her husband it wasn't always about making a profit. But about bringing excitement to a little kid. Even making a childhood memory. But just like childhood things come to an end.
Susan McCoy has shopped at KC Menagerie ever since it was opened. "All of the little guys and girls they are going to miss this. I've brought my grandson in. He'd get really excited and want to play with the wooden toys, the trains and the cars and then he was really interested in the science stuff. It's just the uniqueness and the type of toys."
Yet there's still hope this toy store will continue to bring joy to the community.
"My hopes would be that someone would come in and would want to purchase the store and take it over," says Cindy. "I'd like to thank everybody who's been with us through the years and for them, I hope that this toy store can continue."
If that doesn't happen, the doors will close at the end of August. The store will have a 20-percent off sale on all items until the store closes.
APPLETON - Many Wisconsin drivers who lose their driving privileges have continued to operate their vehicles and commit additional violations.
According to Wisconsin Department of Transportation data, there have been more than 57,000 convictions for operating while suspended, without a valid license or after revocation this year. That number follows last year's trend, when nearly 114,000 licensing-related convictions were reported.
During the first six months of 2014, more of the state's residents were convicted of driving with suspended licenses than speeding 11-19 mph over the limit.
KENOSHA - Authorities have been searching a Kenosha County lake for a missing fisherman from Illinois.
The search on Silver Lake began Tuesday night after family members reported 66-year-old John Spoor of McHenry, Illinois, had not returned from his fishing trip. Sheriff's officials located the man's boat, but there was no sign of him.
Kenosha County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Beth says the department had five boats on the water Wednesday. The search was halted Wednesday evening because of darkness, and the Kenosha News reports search teams are expected to return to the scene Thursday morning.
TOMAHAWK - More than 50 fourth graders from Tomahawk learned about nature on Wednesday as part of long-lived education program. UW-Stevens Point staff at Treehaven host programs to teach elementary students about nature. The program has been around Tomahawk Public Schools for more than 25 years.
"We are doing a lot about the history of Tomahawk, the people that were here in the early 1800s and just a little bit about the land," explained Naturalist Rachel Anderson. "Right not we've been doing some tree identification and forestry measurements, but this morning they were learning about the voyagers and the Native Americans in this area."
The program covers more than just fall-learning, Treehaven leaders host learning programs in the spring and winter as well. You don't have to be a student to take part in some of the programs at the learning center. They include group hikes where you practice and discuss identifying plants and trees.
"We've had two this fall, and I'm hoping that is something we can continue to do in all seasons and continue to offer," said Anderson. "We've been getting a lot of positive reinforcement that it's something that the public is really interested in, so we hope to continue to offer more in the future."
Treehaven leaders regularly offer programs to the public involving nature, education, and artistry. If you are interested in learning more about these programs and events, you can follow the link listed below the article.
Students get opportunity to plan for life after high school
MINOCQUA - High School students need to start thinking about life after high school during their junior and senior year.
On Wednesday Lakeland Union High School and Nicolet College hosted the Wisconsin Education Fair to help them with that.
Nearly 80 colleges, universities and branches of the military offered information to high school juniors and seniors from all across northern Wisconsin. Schools from as far away as Nevada and Alabama came to the fair.
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