IN OTHER NEWS
- If you're still waiting on those holiday gifts to come in the mail, you're not alone! RHINELANDER Cyber Monday orders hit an all-time high record, and now, UPS is struggling to keep up. Last week the company said to expect a two day delay on standard shipping time. So what does this mean for you? "You can get a little bit of a backlog. A lot of people have to do a lot of sorting with all those packages," says Postal Express manager Wendy Thompson. But that delay mainly applies to stores shipping to you. That's not so much the case for you shipping to a friend or family member. "From our area there hasn't been a noticeable delay," says Wendy. If you're a bit behind schedule sending you gifts, you still have time, but you need to move fast on UPS or FedEx ground shipping Friday. December 19th is the last day for USPS first class mail and FedEx Express. If you choose to go with UPS, Dec 18th is the deadline for 3 day shipping. The best way to keep an eye on your holiday shipment is to hang on to your receipt and make sure you save the tracking number.
- The fatal shooting of a 14 year old boy by a sheriff's deputy on a northern Wisconsin reservation has renewed discussions over whether the tribe should be policing itself. ODANAH Eighth-grader Jason Pero was killed by an Ashland County deputy about a month ago outside his home on Bad River Band reservation.
- After a year of hearings, arguments, and appeals, Marshfield Clinic finally got what it wanted on Thursday afternoon. RHINELANDER The Oneida County Board of Adjustment granted a permit for Marshfield Clinic to build a 12-bed, $35 million hospital in Minocqua. Marshfield Clinic Regional Medical Director Dr. William Melms said construction would likely begin in spring. "We are absolutely elated with the decision. We are very pleased," Melms said after the meeting.
- 50,000 twinkling lights will bring holiday cheer Hodag Park in Rhinelander Thursday night. RHINELANDER "Lights of the Northwoods" is a drive-through light show packed with more than 32 individual displays. Vice President Shawn Will says he's excited and a bit nervous to officially share the display tonight. Those nerves have nothing to do with the amount of snow we got. "I was thinking as the snow was flying and I was looking at the lights I'm like, 'This is going to be like one of those Hallmark movies we watch all the time!' It's really going to be pretty on the lake here with the lights shining off the snow," says Will.
- This week's snowfall started a lot of winter activities here in the Northwoods. RHINELANDER One Rhinelander resort was finally able to prepare its ski and snowshoe trails. "It's really pretty simple, try not to hit any trees," said Holiday Acres Resort trail groomer Pete Zambon. Zambon has aspired to be a trail groomer since he was a kid riding on the back of his dad's snowmobile. "[I would] ride on the back of the snowmobile with him back in the day and it was kind of something I aspired to be… the guy driving the snowmobile," said Zambon. Pete's dad, Kim Zambon owns Holiday Acres and has spent a lot of his own time grooming the trails too. "Often I think back to those times when we kind of hacked through the woods. It was fun," said Kim. But after taking the reins from his dad, Pete quickly learned this job was made for him. "My motto is attitude of gratitude," said Pete. However, there are some dangers that come with it.
- A Three Lakes man charged with sexually assaulting one child will now face charges for assaulting a second child. ONEIDA COUNTY Police believe David Teresinski, 59, sexually assaulted a child over the course of five years.
- Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. RHINELANDER "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.