ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - You might have a bird feeder or two in your yard. But keeping the bird population healthy probably isn't something you think about a lot. It turns out, you play a bigger role than you think.
Bird feeding is one of the top recreational activities in the country. But it's important for people to keep bird safety in mind.
"They can put out the right kind of food. They can take good care of the equipment that they use to feed and they can make sure that the ground around it's clean," says Jeremy Holtz, DNR Wildlife Biologist.
Just like humans...birds are affected by bacteria. Redpolls are more susceptible to salmonella than other birds. People need to keep their bird feeders clean to keep deaths at a minimum.
"I recommend that folks consider the kind of equipment that their using. If they're going to buy a new feeder, they should consider buying one that is easy to clean," says Holtz.
The best type of bird feeder is a simple tube feeder. They can be easily cleaned with ten-percent water bleach solution.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
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