RHINELANDER - The snow can't stop some people from preparing for spring.
Despite the weather, some local hardware stores have more customers buying spring products like flowers.
Some stores are pushing spring items because they want to help their customers move on from winter.
"We're into spring. We're getting ready for summer. Despite what it may look like outside, we're pushing to get the spirit of warmth," said Don Pelkowski, an employee at Rhinelander Home Depot.
Some stores have already sold out of vegetable plants.
They believe people are excited to start gardening because they're sick of the cold.
Even though there is snow on the ground, not many people have been coming in for snow supplies.
Some stores don't have any more winter supplies in stock.
"We haven't has any shovels or roof rakes in about a month and a half. We have about a half dozen bags of winter salt left and we have one snow blower that was returned to us. Other than that, our winter stuff is pretty well gone," said Pelkowski.
Employees expect more people to buy spring plants when their next shipment comes in.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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