RHINELANDER - The generosity of a local business brings a happy ending for a Rhinelander family.
The Lund family's Monday started off like it did for many of us- warming up the car.
That's until their truck was stolen, right from their own driveway.
A local business heard their story, and decided they wanted to help out.
Stories like this one sound like they're made for the movies.
" After like 20 minutes of running we noticed the vehicle driving off and it wasn't my wife or me driving," said Eric Lund.
The Lund family's truck was stolen. Right from their driveway in Rhinelander.
"It's kind of a scary thing, your vehicle leaving and not knowing who's in it," said Lund.
But like any good movie, this story has a happy ending.
When Sounds & Motion in Rhinelander heard the Lund's story, they knew they had to help out.
"I read the story about the family who had their vehicle stolen when it was being warmed up and I thought that a remote starter for that family would be a great way to just spread the word about what remote starters can do and some of the advantages they have," said Nate Scholten, owner of Sounds & Motion.
Sounds & Motion installed the Lund family's remote starter free of charge Wednesday afternoon.
" I'm very relieved and overwhelmed, you know? Nate from sounds and motion is a great person and it's an excellent business here, not only did he install a remote starter in the truck for us, but now, we feel safe at home. We don't have to worry about someone stealing our vehicle," said Lund.
It's a relief coming from a business that cares.
"I'm most proud of just the fact that I'm able to help. It's not just me it's all the guys here. They all contribute, significantly," said Scholten.
- Valentine's Day falls on a weekend for the second year in a row. That's good news for local restaurants who expect more people to come in. But the weekend holiday ISN'T great for everyone...especially floral shops. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to Woodruff to find out how the weekend hurts the flower business.
- Plus, tonight on Friday Night Blitz we will bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following basketball games:
Three Lakes vs. Wabeno/Laona
Northland Pines vs. Elcho
Chequamegon vs. Phillips
Flambeau vs. Prentice
Tomahawk vs. Rhinelander
Mosinee vs. Northland Pines
That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.
We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
IRON COUNTY - Humans aren't equipped for single-digit and sub-zero temperatures, but huskies definitely are.
During cold snaps like this week, dog sled drivers can't pass up an opportunity to take the dogs out running—dog sledding or skijoring.
MJ Slone and Chad McGrath in Springstead have 11 huskies at their home. All the dogs are from shelters or families that can't take care of them anymore.
"It was often a sled driver with a team who had maybe 30, 40, 50 dogs and one dog wouldn't fit the team anymore or teams so we would get it," said McGrath.
For Slone and McGrath, taking in dogs started more than 20 years ago.
"Well, I brought home a pup from Alaska because I had worked up there doing some consulting work," said Slone. "My idea was to skijor, which was a fairly new thing in 1990 in the U.S….And then I realized dogs don't like to run alone, so I got another dog….and then I got another dog."
These dogs aren't competitive —they're mostly for recreational racing. Slone and McGrath host outdoor groups and school kids for sled dog racing throughout the winter. They encourage people to get out and try these sports during the winter, even if it's bitterly cold.
"It's the partnership with the dogs," Slone said. "They bring an enthusiasm to your life that you just can't get….They are always happy to see you."
MILWAUKEE - Democratic Party leaders say Milwaukee was chosen to host the presidential debate because of the state's battleground status in the Midwest.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she expects Democrats to do well this fall in Wisconsin considering the position of the Republican field, which she says is far to the right.
MILWAUKEE - Republican presidential candidates made their case to voters during their debate in Milwaukee last November. Now it's the Democrats turn. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary Hillary Clinton are set to face off for the sixth time Thursday evening at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
This is the first time Sanders and Clinton will face each other since the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
The debate is especially important for both candidates.
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