RHINELANDER - One Rhinelander man dedicated his life to giving back to the city and taking care of its natural resources. Now he's getting recognized for all his work.
Dr. Tom Rudolph's legacy began when he moved to Rhinelander in 1959.
Rudolph worked for the USDA Forest Service for 29 years. He also served on the Oneida County Board of Supervisors for 20 years and worked on more than 10 other boards that deal with forestry, land, and water conservation.
"That opened up a lot of opportunities for me," Rudolph said. "I'm very thankful God has given me that opportunity to work in land and water conservation."
In honor of his work, the Oneida County Forestry, Land, and Recreation Committee formally named the upper pavilion at Almon Park in Rhinelander The "Rudolph Shelter."
Rudolph oversaw the park and pavilion for years, not knowing it would be renamed in his honor years later.
"[They] chose to give me the recognition for my work," Rudolph said. "It certainly was unexpected, but I certainly appreciate it very much."
Rudolph retired but remains dedicated to the nature around Rhinelander.
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 - 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."
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