RHINELANDER - To the naked eye, most people think only people with disabilities can use handicap parking spots.
There's fine print on the sign that says veterans can use them as well, but an area veteran wants to know if that applies to all veterans or just the physically disabled.
Both Walmart and Golden Harvest in Rhinelander have the signs in their parking lot.
The manager at Walmart and the owner at Golden Harvest both say they had no idea it was there.
A Northwoods Iraq War Veteran first saw the sign at a movie theater in Wisconsin Rapids. He wasn't sure if he would get in legal trouble because of the wording.
"There was a bunch of different verbage for all of them," said Iraq War Veteran Benjamin Riker. "I was wondering if they actually meant what they said or if they just kind of assumed that if you're a vet, you're a disabled individual you can't walk or anything. I kind of just wanted to find out."
We reached out to the DOT in Madison. Their section chief says a veteran who is not disabled is NOT allowed to park in the spots. Only veterans who are disabled can park there.
"They are going to have to fill out the required application signed by a doctor stating that they are disabled," said Section Chief Megan Bergum. "They would be eligible for a disabled veteran's license plate or a disabled identification card. That would allow them to have the disabled parking privileges."
If you have the card, you must keep it on you or in the car.
EAGLE RIVER - Americans eat more than 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. That much thawing, handling, and cooking of turkeys means people can make mistakes.
The Vilas County Public Health Department wants to help people avoid exposing themselves to dangerous bacteria. It says frozen turkeys should always be thawed in the refrigerator or under running water.
"You don't want to set them out on your countertop for any amount of time to thaw them because that's when they're going to be in the 'danger zone.' The 'danger zone' is between 40 and 140 [degrees Fahrenheit], and that's when pathogens can grow," said Vilas County Registered Sanitarian Amy Springer.
RHINELANDER - Snow plows can't do their job very well when cars sit in their way. That's why Rhinelander's winter parking ban will return in just a couple of weeks.
Starting December 1st, cars can only park on designated sides of the street during the day. On even-numbered days, cars park on the side of the street with even addresses. On odd numbered days, cars must park on odd-numbered sides of the street.
UPDATE: The suspected shooter from a homicide in Tomahawk has been identified as Eric Lee Moen, 32. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins confirmed Moen is being held in the Lincoln County Jail for a 1st-degree intentional homicide charge.
The Lincoln County Clerk of Courts reports Moen is being held on a $1 million cash bond. He has yet to appear in court, but an initial appearance has been set for Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Online court records show Moen was convicted of various traffic offenses. He was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in Portage County from a 2002 case.
Elvins plans to release more information Friday afternoon.
Tomahawk police identified the victim in the city's first shooting homicide in years. Friday morning, Police Chief Al Elvins announced Charles K. Ramp, 52, was shot and killed outside his home on W. Mohawk Drive Thursday night.
Police arrested the suspected shooter, a 32-year-old man from Wausau, but did not identify him. The suspect was found about 130 miles away in Lake Hallie, which is near Eau Claire.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
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