RHINELANDER - Most of us can refill our plates, cups and bowls anytime we want.
But an annual event in Rhinelander will raise money for those who don't always get their fill.
Nicolet art students are making ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls event.
It happens Tuesday, April 30 at Nicolet College.
You pay $15 for soup and bread, and you get to take home a hand-crafted bowl.
The money goes to local food pantries.
Laura Wind-Norton's faculty association is co-sponsoring the event.
She says the meal reminds us to be grateful for what we have.
"In a country where we're used to over-indulging, [the idea is] to bring it back to that simplicity and make people realize the situation that some people do find themselves in on a daily basis," Wind-Norton said.
The event happens Tuesday, April 30 from 5 to 7 pm in the Learning Resources Center at Nicolet College.
Reservations can be made by Friday, April 26, by calling the Nicolet College Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.
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.
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 - 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.
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