RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander clothing drive going strong for the fifth year in a row.
Nearly 200 people stopped by the "Warm for Winter" clothing give away this afternoon.
The organizers open the free shop the last Saturday of every month during fall and winter.
They say turnout grows every year, this season they've seen close to 1,000 people.
"A lot of people come, a lot of people take things, and so the donations it kind of evens out because we get rid of a lot but then we get a lot in... we can always tell by the number of hangers that are left on the racks", said Warm for Winter organizer Jan Leschke.
Organizers are grateful for the community's support and bedding donations from local hotels.
With the amount of people they've served Warm for Winter can always use more, the drive is particularly in need of childrens clothing.
"We also have toys now, people donate toys, and it's fun to watch the kids they're not too interested in clothes their parents are getting them clothes but they go through the toys, that's really nice", said organizer Gale Willcox.
There are two more Saturdays to stop by or donate to the drive, January 25th and February 22nd, but organizers plan to open up shop again next September.
They have also talked about becoming a year-round facility in the future.
If you'd like to donate stop by their location at 900 Boyce Drive in Rhinelander the last Saturday of the month, or call Jan Leschke at 715-362-7157.
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.
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.
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