RHINELANDER - You can find a new option for coffee, gas and groceries in the Northwoods.
Kwik Trip opened its doors in Rhinelander.
It's a family-owned gas station and convenience store chain out of LaCrosse.
There are 420 locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.
The newest location in Rhinelander will bring 30 jobs to the area.
Store leaders say it's a great place to work.
"It is something that you never would experience if you walked in the door as a guest. But once you're here and you're part of it, it's something you'll never walk away from. It's an incredibly great company to work for," said store leader Angie Koziel.
The store is located on the corner of Eisenhower Parkway and Highway 17.
Store leaders want customers to have a great experience when they walk in.
"To realize that we're more than just a convenience store, that we're almost a small grocery store that has anything that they're going to need. We have great, quality customer service, excellent products, and they'll be very pleased when they walk in the door," said Koziel.
Twenty-six people currently work at the store. They're looking to hire 4 more workers.
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 - 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."
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.
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