PHELPS - A group of small business owners decided to start a new tradition this weekend.
It included shopping and a special soup.
The Holiday Lodge in Phelps hosted its Christmas Booyah Bazaar Sunday.
19 local vendors selling everything from jewelry to gourmet foods drew shoppers to the small community.
Hunters also stopped by for some Booyah.
It's a hearty soup.
"Send the hunters off - this is the last day of hunting - with a nice bone-warming bowl of soup, maybe take it home to their families. And with the proceeds, [it] will help the community out," said Holiday Lodge Christmas Booyah Bazaar Sarah Wirtz.
But the event wasn't just about shopping and eating.
Shoppers and vendors donated money and goods for a local food pantry and the Vilas County Humane Society.
"If you ever went to one of the shelters or the food pantry and see the empty shelves, they are in need...there's a lot of people out there that don't ask," said Wirtz.
The Holiday Lodge will be collecting donations for the food pantry and Vilas County Humane Society through the end of the week.
Organizers expected a couple hundred people to come to the event.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
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