RHINELANDER - We hear the words "joy and peace" spread around easily and often during the holidays. But many people might feel like those words don't apply to their lives. An upcoming service hosted by St. Augustine Church in Rhinelander hopes to comfort those feeling the holiday blues. The second annual Blue Christmas Service will be held later this month. This gives people feeling down during the holidays a chance to have a sense of company and comfort. First United Methodist Pastor Keith Wolf wants those in attendance to feel supported.
"People really get a lot of support from one another, not just from the people who are putting the service together and providing it, and it's like a small community within itself," said Wolf.
"Some people just…when they aren't in the holiday spirit, they just don't want to be around crowds. So they don't feel like coming to a traditional Christmas eve worship service," said Wolf.
The service will be held Dec. 21 at St. Augustine's Church in Rhinelander and will start at 6:30 PM.
THREE LAKES - Art teachers constantly strive to think of projects that will let students explore their creativity. Three Lakes Elementary School students are getting to work on something that will end up displayed far beyond their parent's refrigerators.
"I've had my class send letters, notes, nothing as big as this before," said Three Lakes Third Grade Teacher Jessica Noe.
LAND O'LAKES - Eleven years ago, retired Col. Don Hamilton wanted to make sure veterans were appreciated across the Northwoods.
"Me and two other guys, we kind of were having a cold beer one day and said 'You know, we ought to do something fun for the veterans,'" said Hamilton. "Why don't we just put them on a free snowmobile for a day?"
EAGLE RIVER - For Greg Herfindahl, 20 degrees below zero is the magic number.
When temperatures are colder than that, Herfindahl's school buses don't always cooperate.
He owns Schilleman Bus Service in Eagle River, and the thermometer reached 30 below in Land O'Lakes overnight. In the morning, the buses, which serve the Northland Pines School District, just didn't go.
"As soon as we started pulling out of the yard, right away they're losing power," Herfindahl said. "We've got issues."
As the diesel fuel gelled in frigid temperatures, buses stopped running, and Herfindahl told Northland Pines he couldn't confidently get students to school. That led to a day off for students.
MADISON - A power outage impacted terminal operations at the Madison airport for about 2 ½ hours.
The outage at the Dane County Regional Airport happened shortly before 5:30 a.m. Monday, and a backup generator also failed. Airport spokesman Brent McHenry told WMTV that passengers could not get on or off planes.
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