RIB MOUNTAIN - At Elegant Occasions in Rib Mountain, owner Greta Wood enjoyed a good relationship with bridal dressmaking company Alfred Angelo for 15 years.
That is, until last month.
"They stopped answering their phone," Wood said. "They also weren't returning emails."
"It came out of nowhere," said Brook Van Vuren.
Van Vuren is the co-owner of Thelma's Bridal in Rothschild.
"When we went online to check it out, there was not a website," said Van Vuren. "It said bankruptcy."
Alfred Angelo, which had been producing dresses since 1933, abruptly declared bankruptcy and immediately shut down last month.
That left some wedding groups without the dresses and gowns they had ordered from Alfred Angelo.
Within 12 hours, independent retailers like Elegant Occasions teamed up on Facebook.
"We could get together and say, okay, here's all the Alfred Angelo gowns I have. Who needs what? Conversely, to say, here are the gowns I need to fulfill my customer orders. Who's got them?" said Wood. "It went from this terrible situation to all of us getting together and saying, 'You know what? Together we are stronger, and let's all work this out.' There's no point in being mad."
The social media push is working. Wood has sent dresses as far away as New Zealand for brides in the last month.
"It's actually come full circle, going from complete despair to total hope," Wood said.
The Angelo dresses still at local shops have been marked down. Most are selling at half off.
TOMAHAWK - A dance group in Tomahawk gets a second opportunity to show thousands of people what small town dancers can do. The Tomahawk Dance Team will perform at the Liberty Bowl half time show in Memphis In two weeks. "We get to go out with a bang," said 17- year- old dancer Emma Gane. At the end of the year seniors Emma Gane and Morgan Dischen will walk away from the dance team that brought them together four years ago.
"It's emotional to think about how fast things have gone," said Dischen. However, first they'll step on stage in front of more than 60 thousand people. "It's taking girls from this small town and putting them on this national platform," said Tomahawk Dance Team Coach Marina Olson.
On December 30 the 11 girls on the Tomahawk Dance team will perform during the Liberty Bowl Halftime Show in Memphis Tennessee. "It's just going to be different from our everyday small town life," said first year dance team member Semra Marquardt.
RHINELANDER - The first batch of showed up at Rhinelander Brewery Thursday. This moves Rhinelander a step closer to brewing beer here for the first time since the 1960s. Thursday the brewery got its brew kettle, six fermenters and a storage tank.
The brewery will have a ten tap system and wants five of the beers to be made in Rhinelander. The rest will come from a brewery in Monroe that currently brews its beer. "Really excited that it's coming to fruition and the people have been waiting a long time for us to be making beer here. We're going to make some small batch craft beer," said Rhinelander Brewery gift shop manager Brenda O' Rourke.
RHINELANDER - Eighth-grader Alexx Huff doesn't practice half-court shots much.
At the end of basketball practice, he's usually too tired to try and make 40-footers. But Huff had plenty of energy two weeks ago, when he stepped onto the court during halftime of a varsity basketball game in Rhinelander.
"I'm really nervous, I'm really shaky," Huff said, remembering the night. "There's a lot of people watching."
Huff was randomly selected to take part a shooting contest held during every game. The contest ends with a half-court shot.
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