RHINELANDER - For the last six years, chambers of commerce across the state collected more than 100,000 items for the Department of Tourism's Big Bundle Up campaign.
The drive collects warm clothing for people who can't afford it.
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce donates the items it collects to Warm for Winter in Rhinelander.
"Everything stays local. It all goes to Warm for Winter. It's free to anyone. They don't ask any questions. You just show up during their open hours and it's free to the community," said Tourism and Membership Coordinator Amanda Lukas.
Lukas says the chamber collected more than 170 clothing items last year.
"Last year we had someone donate over 50 pairs of handmade crochet mittens," Lukas said. "It means a lot that they would take the time to sit there and knit every single pair together."
The Chamber will take new or gently used jackets, boots, snow pants, hats, and gloves.
Lukas says they could really use warm clothing and boots for kids. Items can be dropped off at the Rhinelander Chamber during its open hours through January 2.
MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School student could face punishment for putting a shooting threat in a bathroom last week.
According to a press release, the Minocqua Police Department believes the girl officers talked to today is likely the person who left graffiti referencing the Parkland, Florida school shooting in an LUHS girls' bathroom on Thursday.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
MILWAUKEE - A Wausau-based company that makes architectural metal finishing took home a big honor Thursday night. Linetec won the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Large Company category.
The annual awards program celebrates Wisconsin companies that are well respected, serve their communities, and make Wisconsin "a better place to live, work, and play", according to a press release from the WMC.
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