RHINELANDER - Leaders of the Hodag BMX Club in Rhinelander tell us others involved with the group have been stealing its money.
The money targeted was for the maintenance of the BMX track and it's day-to-day operations.
The club wouldn't tell us exactly how much was taken from the account.
The people suspected of being involved are gone from the club and an investigation is underway.
"Now it's important for us to let our sponsors of past, future, and current know these funds that are missing aren't the funds that we received from sponsorship," said Track Operator Robbie Deede. "They're the funds that we earned over the 14 years of running the track."
Members and supporters of the club are working hard to make sure the children involved with the Hodag BMX Club aren't affected.
"The most important thing to us to share with everyone is that this organization, this club is all about the kids, the youth and the community and making sure that have this outlet available to them at Westside Park," said Deede. "We want to encourage and ask our sponsors, community, and supporters and let them know that we need you now more than ever and thank you very much for being supportive."
A Bowl-athon fundraiser will be held at Hodag Lanes next Friday from 6-9 pm.
For more information you can contact Robbie at 715-360-6822
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.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
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