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A Rhinelander woman started a snow bird home watching businessSubmitted: 10/19/2017
Phylicia Ashley
Phylicia Ashley
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A Rhinelander woman started a snow bird home watching business
RHINELANDER - When Debby Glebke's friends were going back to the south to escape the Northwoods winter, they asked her to watch their home.

"It makes me feel good to help people, I just want to make their life easier," said Glebke. 

That favor sparked an idea that's lasted more than 20 years Glebke's business Snow Bird Home Watch.

"I have all this ambition or I have a lot of energy," said Glebke. 

When Glebke's husband died about fourteen years ago she turned her energy into an outlet.

"You know we always learn something from a crisis you always learn something good," said Glebke. 

Glebke also got a lot of firsts out of the situation too.

"It feels good just to own your own business, I've never really been in my own business," said Glebke. 

While creating something of her own she gave her grandchildren a new role model.


"I want a job, like grandma that's what I hear," said Glebke. 

Glebke wakes up at about 4 a.m. and takes care of more than five homes a day.

 Cleaning and checking every inch of the houses.

"Keeping strong through the whole day that's a little bit of a challenge," said Glebke. 

Glebke says there's not a day that goes by where she doesn't feel appreciated.

"It's no biggie I guess," said Glebke.

It's because the families know their prized possession is in good hands.

"All they have to do is pull in the driveway and walk in the door," said Glebke.

Glebke takes care of about 30 homes throughout the year. The homeowners live as far away as Florida and Texas.


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