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 - Pete Borchardt claims corruption in the Sheriff's Office cost him the Republican primary for Lincoln County Sheriff.
Borchardt, a Merrill police officer, lost to Sheriff's Lt. Ken Schneider by more than 400 votes in the August race. There's no Democrat on the general election ballot, so it appeared Schneider would coast into office.
But Borchardt's now running a write-in campaign. He thinks he would have won in August, if not for corruption.
"Corruption is not too strong of a word to use," Borchardt said Wednesday. "There are some things that have gone on at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office that should not go on in an organization."
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