THREE LAKES - The search for a missing outdoor survival expert from Three Lakes was called off by the Alaska State Troopers.
But his friends and family aren't ready to give up. Thomas Siebold taught survival skills at the Teaching Drum Outdoor School in Three Lakes.
For the last few months, he hiked in Alaska, but hasn't been seen since October. Then he missed his flight back home.
After nearly two weeks of searching, the troopers haven't found a single clue about Siebold’s whereabouts.
His colleagues at the Teaching Drum school will continue the search on their own. They've hired private pilots to search by air, and they're continuing to search on the ground. They’re hopeful that Seibold’s extensive survival skills have kept him alive, but they’re worried he may be injured.
Very cold conditions and just four hours of daylight in Alaska make the search even more difficult. The Teaching Drum school just opened a search fund at the 1st National Bank of Eagle River. The fund is called the Teaching Drum Outdoor School Recovery Effort for Thomas Siebold.
Searching by air cost thousands of dollars, but they say they simply cannot put a price on Thomas’s life.
To contribute to the search contact the 1st National Bank of Eagle River, they’ll be able to assist you.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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