EAGLE RIVER - Small businesses in Eagle River hope free sleigh rides will draw more shoppers.
Saturday kicked off the 5th year of free sleigh rides around the downtown area.
The Eagle River Business Association sponsors the rides.
Small businesses believe the free rides down Eagle River's main street will make visitors more aware of local businesses.
"We thought that it would be a good idea to get people downtown to see what businesses we do have downtown. Even if they don't shop on the day that they come down for the sleigh rides, you know they can still see what businesses we have and what a great little town we have here in Eagle River," says Eagle River Business Association president Gail Newitt.
Hundreds of people come out each year to take a scenic ride around town.
The Christmas season is the second biggest shopping season for downtown Eagle River.
Businesses depend on it to carry them through the winter.
"It definitely brings people [to] downtown Eagle River. And during the Christmas season it really helps. You know, we've got to draw as many people as we can down here. There's a lot of good shopping down in this little town. You might not find everything you want, but you certainly can find a lot of things," adds Newitt.
You can get a free sleigh ride every Saturday in December from 11am to 2pm.
Just stop by the Eagle River Historical Society Museum on Railroad Street.
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 - 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 - 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.
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