RHINELANDER - Many people use propane to heat their homes in the Northwoods.
It's typically an afforable alternative to other heating options.
But the cost of propane is reaching record highs.
The cost of a gallon of propane has gone up more than one dollar since Monday.
Prices locally range from 4.69 dollars per gallon all the way to 5.50 a gallon.
On Monday the price per gallon was less than three dollars.
A national propane shortage is causing the problem.
"The whole country's cold. And a lot of the propane that's manufactured comes out of the South so they're pulling it out of the pipelines faster than they can get it here. They're just using unprecedented amounts of fuel everywhere else in the country so that's why it's driving up. Crazy," said Wally Dahlquist of Dahlquist Heating & Cooling.
Some local propane vendors had to close down early today because they couldn't afford to pay the up front cost to their propane distributors.
High demand for propane causes distributors to raise prices in a short period of time.
That means your propane bill could more than double compared to last month.
"The average home will use about 200 gallons of fuel a month this time of year. The normal bills would have been 300 dollars but now you're talking 800 dollars so it's gone up substantially," said Dahlquist.
Some people are lowering their thermostats to save money.
Propane vendors say 200 gallons of propane will cost anywhere from 800 to 1,000 dollars.
That's forcing some people to look at other heating options to stay warm this winter.
The attorney for Robin Mendez today tried to convince the jury that another man, one who was upset with Mendez's wife, could have been the one who killed her back in 1982. You'll hear some of the testimony from a witness who may have seen that man the night of the murder.
Plus, some Rhinelander residents have been without phone, internet and cable services for about 2 weeks, and they want some answers from Frontier. We'll bring you the details and talk with some of those frustrated customers.
We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
RHINELANDER - One of the five Rhinelander employees who signed a letter of no confidence against City Administrator Daniel Guild submitted her letter of resignation on Monday.
Guild's assistant, Stephanie Rajnicek cited ongoing conflict, tension, and concerns about her future for resigning.
Her last day will be Friday, May 10th.
Rajnicek joined City Clerk Val Foley, Deputy Clerk Mary Stoll, Utility Billing Clerk Beth Mannikko, and Public Works Director Tim Kingman in signing the letter. It was submitted during a city council meeting on March 11.
PHILLIPS - A Northwoods organization that aims to help domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors now offers it's services online. Thanks to RAINN, a national anti-sexual assault group, Embrace can now host anonymous support groups for survivors.
Embrace serves Price, Rusk, Washburn, and Barron counties. Domestic Violence Program Coordinator Angela Frieze says it can be hard to get people to attend in-person support groups.
EAGLE RIVER - In thinking about which color goes best with their red superhero shirts Monday, Eagle River Walgreens employees decided white fit rather nicely. But getting chosen to fling pies filled with white whipped cream didn't exactly leave Bri Sandrone green with envy.
"I actually didn't want to, I wanted to have somebody else do it," Sandrone explained, with a laugh.
Wearing her "everyday superhero" cape and shirt, Sandrone found the courage to toss the pies in her bosses' faces.
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