RHINELANDER - Even though you can't predict exactly when bad weather can turn dangerous, you can be prepared.
The School District of Rhinelander teamed up with a local entrepreneur to show you how.
They're hosting a weather readiness course at Rhinelander High School.
Greg MacMorran founded Disaster Awareness LLC with one mission, helping others.
Since it's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness week, he focused his presentation on weather.
He wants people to realize disasters can happen any where, any time, any place.
"I don't think there's enough preparedness. I know homeland security is pushing it, Red Cross is pushing it, FEMA's pushing it," said MacMorran.
"We all need to work together as a community to be prepared."
But yesterday's attack in Boston showed us weather isn't the only threat.
MacMorran says there really isn't a way to prepare for situations like Boston, but there are ways to prevent it.
"The best way to do is be vigilant. And as homeland security always says, if you see something say something. If you see something suspicious like a bag or something like that, notify authorities right away."
He says Boston is known as a low or soft area.
What that means it's not a big city, but he wants people to know an attack could happen anywhere.
If you want to contact you MacMorran, you can reach him at 715-362-3541 or visit his Facebook page, Disaster Awareness, LLC.
We'll take you live to Crandon and update you on the death of a Lac du Flambeau woman whose body was found following a report of a gunshot early Wednesday morning. Three people were put in jail following the reported incident.
A lake in Conover has flooded, but not just from the rain. We'll bring you the details.
And we'll show you a Rhinelander pasty shop that is getting ready to re-open its door nine months after it caught on fire and closed down.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four Republican senators say they are not ready to vote for the GOP health care bill, putting the measure in jeopardy.
The four are Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky. They say in a statement that they are open to negotiation before the full Senate considers the measure.
CHICAGO - A three-judge federal appeals panel has affirmed that a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was coerced into confessing and should be released from prison.
Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach's death two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family's Manitowoc County salvage yard.
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