RHINELANDER - Raffles, bake sales, and athletic competitions can be popular ways to raise money for various causes.
But one group uses a different strategy to raise money for three area food pantries.
Motorcycle enthusiasts gathered in Rhinelander for the 8th annual St. Pat's Day Motorcycle Swap Meet.
As you can imagine, there were plenty of motorcycle parts for sale.
But organizers wanted to cater to all kinds of interests.
"We have motorcycle parts here for sale. We have knick-nakery stuff here for sale. We have a little bit here for everyone," said Reed Baresch, an event organizer.
Jewelry, household items, and a gun raffle helped to also raise money for Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk.
"We just know that times are tough for a lot of people. Some people need help. We know that the veterans really need the help up there. We like to give back to the community as much as we can. We've been doing this for eight years and we're going to try and stay for as long as we can," said Baresch.
Organizers hoped to raise more than 3-thousand dollars.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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