LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Some of us call the Northwoods home because it's a safe place to live.
But violent crimes do happen here, sometimes inside our homes. Sometimes by the people we live with.
Lac du Flambeau has a new team to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
"Everybody would love to believe that these types of crimes don't happen in the Northwoods, when in reality it happens in every single community," advocate Andrea Wolfe said.
When sexual assault or domestic violence happens here, there is help.
The newly formed Sensitive Response Team has advocates to help the victim from the scene of the crime to finding justice and peace.
"I'm trained to be there," Wolfe said. "I can stay with my victim from the time I show up at the door to the house, I can take them to the hospital, I can stay in the room with them during the exam if that's what they want. I can explain everything that's being done to them."
The team in Lac du Flambeau coordinates medical professionals, law enforcement, and legal help for victims.
They can also provide a safe place to stay for individuals or families.
They promise to keep all information confidential so it's safe to come forward and ask for help.
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.
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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