MERRILL - A Northwoods library is offering a heirloom seed program for the first time this spring.
The combination of that and a consistent warm up will finally give gardeners the chance to start planting.
The T.B. Scott Library in Merrill is offering the seed program. You can pick up a seed kit with seeds and planting tips for free.
Richie Zaborowske, T.B. Scott Library Reference & Information Service, says you'll just need to return seeds from the fruits and vegetables once they grow.
"You can keep planting every year," Zaborowske said. "Every fall you can spit out the seeds and save them, then the next spring you can replant them and just keep going. So we are sort of growing a library within that like a custom library to Merrill."
This is the library's first year offering the program. Zaborowske says the program will help bring people in the community together.
"They're excited about something different," Zaborowske said. "It's not books, it's not movies, it's something totally new so we're getting gardeners and green thumbs who typically don't come to the library."
The library plans on holding a festival for the planters in October. You can contact the TB Scott Library if you'd like more information.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
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.
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.
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