ONEIDA COUNTY - Imagine spending nearly $40,000 to fix a road. Imagine having to do that again less than a year later. That's the struggle the town of Stella is experiencing after the storms on Wednesday night.
One of the town supervisors, Bob Goodin woke up to a phone call at about 6 a.m. this morning. He found out Tenderfoot Road was washed away for the second straight year.
"The damage, the erosion to the road and the shoreline is pretty devastating," said Goodin.
The town of Stella saw roads being washed out for the second straight year on Thursday. Last year in October, Tenderfoot Road was washed out from heavy rains.
"We had about a 12 foot deep crater by 30 feet wide," said Goodin.
Thunderfoot Road was washed out again after a dam on private property broke. Spring Drive was also washed out because of that.
"The water was just too much for the culvert and claimed the road," said Goodin.
It will cost up to $40,000 to repair the two roads and will hopefully be repaired by next week. The town of Stella will apply for devastation aid.
"Typically you have to pay for everything upfront and if you're approved for it, you get a portion back," said Goodin.
That can take anywhere from three-six months.
Over in the town of Nokomis, there was also high flooding.
"I woke up and I've got a big lake," said Nokomis resident, Roger Olson.
Olson was pretty surprised by all the rain over the last few days.
"I've been here for 10 years and haven't seen this yet," said Olson.
Luckily, the water didn't damage anything on his property.
"I'm just waiting for it to go away so we can at least cut the grass," said Olson.
Some are just waiting to cut their grass and some are waiting to get their normal route to town back. No one is trapped in their house in Stella, they just have to take about a ten-mile detour before the road is fixed.
MERRILL - Most people enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with family. But the Merrill firefighters spend their Thanksgiving at the station with their second family, their coworkers. Community members stepped in to make sure the firefighters still had a special Thanksgiving while they were working.
It might be Thanksgiving, but for the Merrill Fire Department, it's just another day
But it is a day with more turkey, stuffing, and pies.
"We had a couple of community organizations that dropped off meals for us which we're definitely grateful for," said firefighter and paramedic Bryson Cruise.
The job doesn't stop for firefighters and Thanksgiving is no exception.
So Park City Credit Union and Hands of Hope wanted to thank the firefighters for their service with a home cooked Thanksgiving meal.
PARK FALLS - Many families began their Thanksgiving Day with a run this morning. Topping off the holiday with a "trot" around town may not appeal to everyone, but for these families it was a way to spend time with one another.
"Trot now so we can pie later," said Steph Schultz, a runner in the Park Falls Turkey Trot.
Families used the Turkey Trot 5K in Park Falls as a way to bond.
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 - 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.
RHINELANDER - You might be planning on waiting in line on Black Friday or sitting behind a computer on Cyber Monday. But in Rhinelander and other Northwoods cities, Small Business Saturday is another day to mark on the calendar.
Dawn Allen sold her goods at craft shows for years, but had always wanted to try something different.
"It was my dream to open up a shop one day," said Allen, the owner of Briar House on Keenen Street. So she opened Briar House in Rhinelander 21 years ago.
Allen sells women's clothes, shoes, accessories and has a full espresso bar.
But one of her favorite parts of the job is the community support.
"It's like a family here, it's more of a destination coming here I believe," said Allen.
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