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RHINELANDER - A Christmas tree placed at Rocky Roadhouse acted as more than just a seasonal decoration.

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RHINELANDER - More than 175,000 lights shined across Hodag park tonight.

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RHINELANDER - Currently, people who want help need to dial a full 10-digit number.
 
A new proposal shortens that helpline number down to three numbers.

Mental health experts in Wisconsin voiced their opinion in support of the change.

Behavioral Health Administrator Donna Shimeck said it would make the hotline easier to use.

"The hope would be that this is going to be similar to the 911 number and reduce the stigma of reaching out for help when you're at your most vulnerable time," said Shimeck.

Shimeck said the change would streamline things for everyone

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RHINELANDER - Wisconsin law states the windshield, side, and rear windows of a motor vehicle shall be kept reasonably clean at all times.

Sergeant Kurt Helke of Rhinelander PD said this is something he doesn't enforce aggressively, but he will pull someone over if he sees an imminent safety hazard.

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RHINELANDER - Cancer survivor and State Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) introduced a legalization plan to help Wisconsin join other Midwestern states in making Medical marijuana legal.

Under the bill, medical marijuana would be allowed in the form of liquid, oil, pill, tincture or as a topical cream.

Only patients with serious medicals conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, ALS, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder would be eligible to receive treatment.

"That's what we hope to do every single day when we are in the legislature, is to change things to make people's lives better," said Felzkowski.

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier confirmed Thursday his department is investigating "activity" at the city's wastewater treatment plant.

The investigation into billing processes began two or three months ago according to Gauthier.

Gauthier did not provide any names or specifics. However, he did confirm the ongoing investigation targets a couple of former city employees and one that is not a city employee.

Gauthier says a decision regarding charges will be made within the next few weeks.

Gauthier says this investigation is not related to the Oneida County Sheriff's Department investigation of city employee misconduct. 

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MINOCQUA - Most people think a career in the Air Force means flying planes.

A local recruiter wants young adults to know there are other jobs that can take them to new heights. 

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