THREE LAKES - In less than two weeks, more than 100 veterans from northern Wisconsin will fly to the nation's capitol. The Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization gives veterans the chance to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C. Getting dozens of aging vets onto a flight and around the capitol takes a lot of preparation.
For the vets themselves, the preparation is mostly emotional. Three Lakes veteran Arnold Craig is going along for the journey. It will be his first time in Washington, D.C. in 70 years.
"In some ways I'm looking forward to it and in some ways I'm not...because, I mean, I haven't traveled a lot in the last ten years," says Arnold Craig, World War II Veteran.
At 89 years old, traveling half way across the country takes a lot. But Arnold once traveled much further.
He was drafted at just 18 years old, and served two years during World War II.
"I stayed overseas. I was in with the First Army and then I was in with the Third Army with Patton, that's when I got shot," says Craig.
He lost his left eye in combat. But that didn't stop him from continuing with one of his favorite pastimes...painting.
"I still painted, it's like a computer to me. I got to pick it up and it relaxes me," said Craig.
Arnold still paints every day.
"You got to adjust to what's the best for yourself and just not think about all the bad things and think about all the good things in this world," says Craig.
And Arnold looks forward to another good thing...the Honor Flight.
"I haven't been with a lot of veterans in a long time. And it's going to be quite and experience to see people who were in the same position as I was," says Craig.
The veterans leave April 22nd. They receive thank-you letters on the plane and there's still time for you to write one. You can find out more by visiting the attached link.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - You might be planning on waiting in line on Black Friday or sitting behind a computer on Cyber Monday. But in Rhinelander and other Northwoods cities, Small Business Saturday is another day to mark on the calendar.
Dawn Allen sold her goods at craft shows for years, but had always wanted to try something different.
"It was my dream to open up a shop one day," said Allen, the owner of Briar House on Keenen Street. So she opened Briar House in Rhinelander 21 years ago.
Allen sells women's clothes, shoes, accessories and has a full espresso bar.
But one of her favorite parts of the job is the community support.
"It's like a family here, it's more of a destination coming here I believe," said Allen.
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