RHINELANDER - Hundreds of people ran for their lives in Rhinelander this morning. Well, actually they just took part in the Hodag Run For Your Life 5 and 10 K.
It was the 7th year of the race and a record 456 runners hit the streets. The run is hosted by the YMCA of the Northwoods.
Since the start of the event, over 14 thousand dollars has been raised for the Y, with part of those funds going toward the Strong Kids campaign.
A couple of our Newswatch 12'ers were on hand as well. Hayley Tenpas and Lyndsey Stemm were chasing each other.
But lucky for them, they didn't have to chase this guy! Kids from one to twelve years old had the chance to run after the Hodag. They followed him all the way around the courthouse and got in a good workout.
Grandpa Hodag was also there for the youngsters. How cute is this? Everyone had a great time and were glad to see the Hodags come out of hiding.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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