RHINELANDER - What will more than 50,000 lights look like when strung up at Rhinelander's Hodag Park? We will find out in less than a month.
The Lights of the Northwoods is organizing a drive-through holiday lights show for mid-December. Group members worked on spooling and counting some of the 39,000 lights they've bought so far on Wednesday. They plan to buy 11,000 more soon.
"I think it's pressure, but I think it's excitement," vice president Shawn Will said. "I think we've got something that's going to be really impressive."
The holiday lights show will be similar to -- but not nearly the same size -- as displays in La Crosse and Marshfield.
"Kind of teasing the public to try to come back and build it bigger and bigger like they did in La Crosse," WIll said. "They started with 26,000 lights in La Crosse and now they're at three million."
Will says the Lights of the Northwoods has already surpassed a fundraising goal of $15,000 thanks to a number of groups and donors. That includes donations of $5,000 from the Rhinelander Lions Club, much of which was given after the Lights group reached $10,000 in other funds.
"You have the Lions working with the Rotary, the Rotary working with the Knights, it's phenomenal, it's really cool," WIll said.
The group still needs volunteers to help with set up, tear down, and to host the show in Hodag Park. There's also plenty of electrical work that needs to be done at the park, which Will says businesses like Gaber Electric have offered to help do.
The Lights of the Northwoods is scheduled for December 14th through the 17th.
For more information, to donate, or to volunteer head to the website linked below.
RHINELANDER - A man died near the entrance of Nicolet College in Rhinelander on Thursday afternoon.
Neither the campus nor the public were in danger, according to the Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office. Due to the circumstances of the man's death, Newswatch 12 is not releasing more information, but there appears to be nothing suspicious about the death.
Police got a report at 3:55 p.m. about a man lying face down near the entry drive to Nicolet College. Emergency responders took him to St. Mary's Hospital, but he died.
The Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office, Rhinelander Fire Department, Pelican First Responders, and Oneida Co. Medical Examiner's Office were involved in the response.
The Oneida County Beekeepers Association promotes beekeeping in the Northwoods.
It does its part to save the bees, and wants to encourage to do the same. It works to recruit new beekeepers, as well as teach people the importance of honeybees in our everyday lives.
"Bees are essential for our food supply," said Oneida County Beekeepers Association member, John Bigley. "If we lose the bees, we lose most of the food supply. So, we got to keep them healthy. We have to ensure that they are pollinating not only the flowers, but the fruit trees and vegetable gardens."
The organization is holding a class on June 1st for anyone who is interested in learning how to become a beekeeper.
It's also an advanced class for beekeepers to learn more about bee tips and tricks.
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