CRANDON - Around 1100 off-road racers are competing in Crandon this weekend.
It's the annual Brush Run.
Drivers were not allowed on the track for practice Friday. That's to make sure the track is in great shape for tomorrow.
12 class of racers are competing.
Among them is Jarid Johnson, one of the younger brothers of 5-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. Jarid did get some practice work in away from the track.
Jarid's younger brother James is helping Jarid in the pits. Gary Johnson, the proud father is watching. He has missed Crandon's Off-Road Raceway. Jimmie last raced here 15 years ago. Now it's back seeing some familiar faces and enjoying racing again.
"It's really neat to see some old friends," Gary said. "Jimmie (Johnson) has grown so big, he really doesn't need our help. This is more fun where you can work on the truck."
"It's been a while since I've raced trucks," Jarid explains. "We've always looked forward to racing at Crandon. This track is big, so we should have some clean racing. We should have alot of fun here."
Jarid did race in another off-road circuit for about 5 years.
Some of the Northwoods drivers competing this weekend includes: Eric Lear and Justin Lennox of Minocqua (Light Buggy), and Sugar Camp's Scott Schwalbe (Pro Buggy).
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.
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.
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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