CONOVER - A slow economy can challenge any business.
It's even more difficult for non-profits who rely on donations.
Thatís why one Northwoods business teamed up with an area museum to help on its busiest weekend.
Twin Lakes Trading Company hosted a fundraiser benefiting the Northwoods Childrenís Museum on Friday.
The home building company will donate $10 to the museum for every signature on the dayís guest book.
Owner Mike Hoffman thinks the center needs help.
"You talk to any kid that goes to that museum, even adults, they have a great time, Hoffman said. "They love it, they think it's wonderful, they're appreciative that it's there but it needs funding."
Rouleen Gartner, Northwoods Children Museum executive director, says this is their busiest weekend of the year.
She thinks the museum would disappear without help from the community.
"Fundraisers like this, and support from businesses like this, are what keeps the museum open," Gartner said. "They help us build things in the museum but also, help in financial ways, and we would not be here without local community support like this."
Local business donations are about 40 percent of the children museumís yearly budget.
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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