THREE LAKES, EAGLE RIVER - High School Sports is not the only activities getting affected. The start of the Northwoods racing season will likely be pushed back.
A look at TNT Speedway just south of Three Lakes says it all. Normally you would see grooming and other activity taking place to get ready for the season. But right now, there is too much snow.
TNT Speedway owner Tim Rutzen says, "Normally you would be grading the track. Of course there's tons of stuff to do in the kitchen, and the radio tower. Also the fense needs repairs."
Tim says it takes between 3 and 4 weeks to have the track ready for the year. With the tenative start scheduled for early May, time is running out.
Bruce Belland of Eagle River is not letting the snow get the best of him. Bruce and his crew have too much to do. Some of his helpers are fellow racers. When they get done with Bruce's car, they work on another one. So a late start isn't bad.
Conditions at other tracks in the Northwoods may vary. But everyone hopes they don't have to wait too long to go racing.
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.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
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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