RHINELANDER, EAGLE RIVER - In boys basketball on Friday Night, Wausau West is in Rhinelander.
This is our Game of the Week on Friday Night Blitz.
It's a battle of brothers. Derek Lemmens, is the Hodags head coach. His brother Nate is in his first year at West. Nate and Derek are also former Hodag players.
In fact, Nate helped out at the Hodags summer camp back in July.
But even back then, both brothers were looking forward to this Friday's family hoops battle.
"I'm sure (Rhinelander) will be packed," Nate explains. "I'm looking forward to it, but at the same time I'm not looking forward to it."
"I'm excited to play against him," Derek adds. "It's a nice mix. (Rhinelander) is Division Two, (Wausau West) is Division One. It won't effect us necessarily for playoffs. It's just for pride. It's just to say, 'I got you this year.'"
Tuesday night, the Hodag boys handed Antigo their first loss of the season. Rhinelander won 48-44.
In boys basketball, Hayward defeated Northland Pines 51-42. To check out the highlights, click on the video above.
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.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
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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