RHINELANDER - WIPFLI accounting firm isn't just about crunching numbers—it wants to be a business that is dedicated to giving back. That's why every year it has "Community Day".
WIPFLI closed up shop and sent its employees out for a day of giving back. Volunteers split their time between painting and gardening with Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.
Randy Beard is a partner with Wipfli and has worked for the company for 35 years.
"The heart of community day is giving back," says Beard.
Giving back is exactly what Sally Latimer feels is important for a group like Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.
"I feel full of joy," shares Latimer. "When we found out that there were going to come, we were going-"yippie!--It's just so great, because it's something we need to do. And here they are doing it for us."
For 9 years, Community Day has helped a number non-profits in the Northwoods. Beard says WIPFLI likes being involved in service.
"I think the Northwoods community really shows how much they help various non-profits—activities, with all the events going on, and fundraising. It's very vibrant in that, and we want to be a part of that."
Community Day isn't limited to the office in Rhinelander. More than 1,100 Wipfli employees all across the Midwest--and even in Washington--donated their time to service Thursday.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - You might be planning on waiting in line on Black Friday or sitting behind a computer on Cyber Monday. But in Rhinelander and other Northwoods cities, Small Business Saturday is another day to mark on the calendar.
Dawn Allen sold her goods at craft shows for years, but had always wanted to try something different.
"It was my dream to open up a shop one day," said Allen, the owner of Briar House on Keenen Street. So she opened Briar House in Rhinelander 21 years ago.
Allen sells women's clothes, shoes, accessories and has a full espresso bar.
But one of her favorite parts of the job is the community support.
"It's like a family here, it's more of a destination coming here I believe," said Allen.
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