MERRILL - "If people are looking for a great Halloween scare this is the Haunted House they want to come to," said Hauted Sawmill Creator.
We take you behind the scene of this year's Haunted Sawmill hosted by the Merrill Boy Scout 599.
Dark twists and turns reveal scary scenes right out of a horror film. From mad doctors to blood smeared insane asylums. This spooky tour is bound to give you a freight.
"From the moment they get in line from the moment they exit out the door there's going to be something going on the draw their attention. We have actors outside have actors inside. It's just an all-around incredible experience," said Hersil.
It took more than 40 boys to convert this old sawmill into a house of horrors.
They've been working on it since May.
Hersil said "The building lends itself perfectly for what we want to do. It looks run down. It's creepy, it looks abandon."
This year's theme-Vincent Mudget--the mad sawmill owner who murders anyone who enters. But don't worry he died years ago…or did he?
"You'll see Vincent, Vincent will actually find you if you come in," said Hersil.
The Haunted House is more than just for fun it's a way for the boy scouts to bond and learn valuable skills.
Assistant Scout Master, Dave Stenberg, said "Leadership, construction skills the boys are involved in all phases of it. They'll hang sheeting, weld 2X4's together, putting netting on the top."
So enter if you dare…
"Bring a lot of your friends with you for protection. Hide in the middle of the group. Don't be on the front end or back end because that's where our scarers will get you. But you'll have a good time. Even though we're here to terrify you it's a good time," said Hersil.
Tickets are $7 but if you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to local food pantries then it's $6.
You can win free tickets by answering their daily trivia question on their Facebook page.
Snow on an overhang causes damage to downtown building
RHINELANDER - Warm temperatures and lingering snow on roofs doesn't make for a good combination.
Around 3 p.m. Monday, the weight of the snow on the roof of the building next to the Elbo Room in Rhinelander caused major damage to the building.
The awning to the building fell down onto the Brown Street sidewalk.
Fire leaders say it's important to remember to how dangerous heavy snowfall left on roofs can be this time of year.
“Well with this heavy snowfall this winter there's a lot of snow load with warm weather today the snow melting it created a lot of weight and it can damage structures with all the weight from the snow,” says Josh Schmitz, Rhinelander Fire Deptartment Deputy Chief.
No one was injured in the collapse. The fire department is not sure when cleanup will begin.
------------------------ An earlier version of this story indicated that the facade of the Elbo Room awning had fallen. That was incorrect. It was the building next to the Elbo Room. That has been corrected in the story above.
TOMAHAWK - The Tomahawk School District will need to make big budget cuts in the next year. The district will need to cut more than $500,000. Rising transportation costs along with declining enrollments challenge many Northwoods School Districts.
“We have a lot of issues in Northern Wisconsin that many districts in the state of Wisconsin don't have,” says Cheryl Baker, Tomahawk School District Superintendent. “For instance in the Tomahawk School District there's about 425 and I'm rounding that off, square miles of terrain that has to be covered everyday two times a day to pick kids up, to bring them to school, and to take them home.”
“That cost is our cost,” says Baker.
The school district does not plan to cut any electives. Instead they are moving from an 8 to a 7 period day.
“We're moving from an 8 period day to a 7 period day purely for economic reasons,” says Baker. “In other words had we not gone to the 7 period day for next year we would have had to of cut entire classes, electives, and or start cutting down teachers full time positions.”
The school district will also need to cut its full time social worker.
MADISON - A bill that would allow Wisconsin schools to extend school days and shorten school years to save money is up for a vote in the Senate this week.
The bill would get rid of the requirement that schools teach for 180 days or lose state funding. Schools are still required to teach the same number of hours under the bill.
Another change under the law allows the state Department of Public Instruction to fund remedial courses and interim school sessions. The package is being viewed as a cost saving measure for districts that have seen state funding decrease in recent years.
Three Democrats joined the bill's Republican sponsors, and DPI and other education groups have voiced strong support for the proposal.
Rhinelander intersection could get a permanent stop sign
RHINELANDER - Drivers might need to get used to a stop sign at one intersection in Rhinelander.
The City Council held a public hearing to decide if the temporary stop sign on Davenport and Sutliff should stay.
The stop sign was put up at the three-way intersection during a construction project last summer.
"We put up a temporary stop sign because we had the closure on Kemp, and we sent all the traffic this way," says Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn. "Once we had the stop sign up, a lot of people in the community started voicing support for keeping it."
Members of the community voiced their support for or against the permanent stop sign at the public hearing.
"People who live on the west side over here go straight through, it slows them down a little bit by having to do a stop sign," says Oborn. "The people on Sutliff that have to make a left or right turn, they really favor the three-way stop sign here because it makes it a lot safer for them."
The permanent signs could be in place in the next couple of weeks if the council approves the move.
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