RHINELANDER - Whenever a store or business shuts down, we automatically think "must be the economy."
KC Menagerie in downtown Rhinelander is doing just fine. But the owners are shutting their doors just because it's time.
After seven years of watching children's faces light up, KC Menagerie in Rhinelander will be closing at the end of August according to owner Cindy Tomlanovich.
"It's been fun. It's been interesting. It's a little bit heartbreaking leaving but it's time."
It's not the economy, nor some large superstore, in fact the store was doing quite well. But it's simply time to enjoy life, says Cindy.
"I know we look extremely young, but we are of retirement age and it is time. We have a grandchild we'd like to spend more time with. We would like to do a little more traveling. I have family in different places and we'd like to go see them and spend some time with them."
For Cindy and her husband it wasn't always about making a profit. But about bringing excitement to a little kid. Even making a childhood memory. But just like childhood things come to an end.
Susan McCoy has shopped at KC Menagerie ever since it was opened. "All of the little guys and girls they are going to miss this. I've brought my grandson in. He'd get really excited and want to play with the wooden toys, the trains and the cars and then he was really interested in the science stuff. It's just the uniqueness and the type of toys."
Yet there's still hope this toy store will continue to bring joy to the community.
"My hopes would be that someone would come in and would want to purchase the store and take it over," says Cindy. "I'd like to thank everybody who's been with us through the years and for them, I hope that this toy store can continue."
If that doesn't happen, the doors will close at the end of August. The store will have a 20-percent off sale on all items until the store closes.
WOODRUFF - Sixty-three Wildfires burned all across the state in the last week.
The DNR suspended burning permits in 44 counties Monday, including all counties in the Northwoods.
The fire danger level ranged from "High" to "Very High" in most counties.
DNR fire crews have been on stand-by all day Monday.
"On days like today we are fully staffed and on high alert. All our stations are pre-positioning equipment. We're taking equipment from one part of the state and moving it to more critical areas. We are definitely on high alert," said Wildfire Prevention Specialist Catherine Koele.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - The case of a woman found hanged in her car will go down as an "undetermined death."
Michelle Rosinski was found in a car outside a Lac du Flambeau home on Longs Point Lane last September. Emergency responders tried CPR on Rosinski, but they couldn't revive her. The 45-year-old woman had a choker-style dog collar wrapped around her neck.
The Vilas County Sheriff's Office initially investigated her death as suspicious. But Monday, Lt. Carl Gauger told Newswatch 12 it appears Rosinski probably committed suicide.
MERRILL - County lands exist for the public to enjoy.
But when people mistreat the land it can cost thousands of dollars to fix.
After a group of trucks damaged county land in Tomahawk over the weekend, Lincoln County wants to send a warning to other drivers.
Lieutenant Tim Fischer from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says places with county forest and logging roads tend to be easy targets for people who want to tear through the woods on their vehicles.
"[It causes] damage to the property that isn't easily repaired.
[It] prohibits county workers from accessing areas in the forest that they have to get to," said Fischer.
People find mud holes and drive their cars through them.
VILAS COUNTY - Twelve jurors will consider a he said, she said case involving accusations of a sexual assault at knife point.
The trial for 36-year-old Rodney Teets began in Vilas County Court Monday morning.
Teets is accused of sexually assualting a 19 year old woman at knife point in July 2015.
He faces three counts of first degree sexual assault, which he will try to fight in trial.
After several hours of jury selection, attorneys began their opening statements Monday afternoon.
According to the July 2015 criminal complaint, Teets and the woman involved were driving back to his house after watching fireworks with a group of people.
That's when the woman said Teets pulled out a knife and told her to drive down a dead end road. Assistant Attorney General Devra Ayala, who is prosecuting the case, said that Teets admits to always carrying a pocket knife.
Next, according to the complaint, the woman said Teets, knife in hand, sexually assaulted her.
According to the complaint, the woman said Teets told her, "If you tell anyone I'll [expletive] kill you."
According to the complaint, the woman said the group they had been with called both of their cell phones asking where they were. The woman claims Teets said he forgot his keys and told her to say the same.
Later that night, the woman called the police.
When police interviewed Teets, he said the encounter was consensual.
That's what Teets's defense attorney will try to argue. In his opening statement, defense attorney Steven Lucareli said Teets and the woman were friends and often joked with each other.
"He said from day one, 'I cheated on my wife,'" said Lucareli.
Lucareli also said the woman in this case had no injuries from the encounter.
The trial is scheduled on the calendar for the whole week.
Tuesday, the state will start calling its witnesses.
RHINELANDER - You can get almost anywhere around Pine Lake on an ATV or UTV. But there are two key Oneida County highways that don't currently allow those vehicles. Now, a Rhinelander-area ATV club is pushing the county to change that.
The Pine Lake ATV/UTV Club hopes the county will allow access on highways W and C. The club formed about a year ago and got town approval to open access to all Pine Lake roads except for North and West Birchwood drives.
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