BOULDER JUNCTION - Mother Nature means a lot to the Northwoods.
The environment supports the plants and animals that make this such a beautiful place.
But invasive species can threaten that balance.
That's why the UW Trout Lake Station held an open house in Boulder Junction Friday.
The center showed examples of non-native plants and animals you can now find in the Northwoods.
Tim Kratz is the director at the station. He has worked there for more than 30 years. He believes people from the area can use the information from open house.
"One of the challenges for us is to make that research available to the people that use the area," Kratz said. " We try to make what we do at the station more relevant to the local population and the people that come and visit this wonderful area.
Others like Sam Oliver work at the station for school. She studies small lakes and their importance to the Northwoods.
"These small lakes are cycling nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon and they are really active sites," Oliver said. "Even though people dont live on them they're performing functions for the ecosystem that are really important."
The Trout Lake Station does research for the U-W Center for Limnology in Madison.
Its studies help the Northwoods maintain its environment.
They also prepare and study possible threats to the area.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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