RHINELANDER - The holidays offer a lot to be thankful for, especially those who are working.
We caught up with the Rhinelander Fire Department and asked what keeps them busy during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Aaron Swaney is a Lieutenant with the Rhinelander Fire Department, "Actually we have a lot more fires on Thanksgiving. People are deep frying their turkeys and walking away from them and next thing you know there's a fire. A lot of people cook in their garages and when it's cold that becomes a problem as well."
The Friendship House Restaurant in Rhinelander is also open for the holiday and this afternoon they offered a free meal for customers.
Louise Unruh is the Assistant Manager, "It's a lot of fun. All the customers are very happy that there's a place to with a hot meal. Some restaurants are closed so they like to be able to come somewhere that they come all year."
Of course many other occupations were busy working the holiday also.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - In Vilas County the courts have a new option for treating drug and alcohol offenders, instead of putting them behind bars.
Today the new Wellness Court was named in Lac du Flambeau. Circuit court judge Neal Neilsen and Tribal Court Judge Gary Smith will work together to help those involved with drugs and alcohol get the treatment they need.
"A traditional court would, more than likely sentence the person to jail or prison, and we've seen studies where that just doesn't work anymore. We need to get creative," said Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chief Judge, Gary Smith.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander needs new businesses to fill empty stores downtown.
This past weekend 26 properties had an open house. It was organized by Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. (DRI) and Flanders Reality Group. Finding the right home for a business can be hard. But the event tried to help those on the hunt.
"This way, you know, your here, you look, your able to talk to someone who knows the property. And you can really make a really good decision right now today," said Maggie Steffen, DRI Executive Director.
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