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Rhinelander Salvation Army short of meeting goalSubmitted: 12/10/2018
Story By Angela Kim

Rhinelander Salvation Army short of meeting goal
RHINELANDER - You hear bells ringing every year around this time when local Salvation Army organizations bring out their kettles.

People spread the holiday spirit by donating, but this year they may not be donating enough.

Phil Luell's came to Rhinelander Monday to help gather donations. He's normally in Tomahawk as the chairman of Tomahawk's Salvation Army, but Rhinelander's been needing more volunteers and donations. 


"If there's an emergency or a need, it has no boundaries," said Luell. "So county lines really don't mean anything to us if we're reaching out trying to help somebody."

This year, the Rhinelander Salvation Army set a goal of raising at least $40,000. But it's only about halfway there. 

One bell ringer, Andrew Geisler, has tried to help as much as he can. Sometimes, it's still not enough.

"There's been a few days this year where we couldn't have people where we needed them," said Geisler. "So we'll take any help possible. It's great."

"There's ups and downs throughout the season," said Geisler. "Things like the weather change, people's social habits, things of that nature."

Local Salvation Army organizations have tried to create new solutions, like letting people donate through a text message if they don't have change or allowing volunteers avoid the cold. 

"{If] the cold weather does bother you, they do have inside options," said Geisler. "So standing outside is not always a problem. They'll find you somewhere to ring."

All so that every donation and every moment in the cold will add up to the most wonderful time of the year. 

"I tell them all that little bitty money becomes great big money in time when we collect it all together," said Geisler.

The Salvation Army will be out until Dec. 22. 

If you want to donate through a text message, you can text the word "Rhinelander" to 41444


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NATH hosts e-cycling fundraiserSubmitted: 08/14/2020

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RHINELANDER - Traffic slowed to a stand-still on Highway 8 West out of Rhinelander but not because of any accident or construction.

NATH and The Good News Project partnered for the third year in a row to host an e-cycling fundraiser.

"There's still a huge line of cars waiting to drop off their things and that's been going on since before we opened at 8. It's been a very busy and very successful fundraiser," say Rick Covin, Board Member for the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing.

NATH operates Frederick's Place in Rhinelander. This is their third year partnering with The Good News Project out of Wausau to host the electronics recycling event.

"We're having anyone from the area able to bring their electronics, even vacuum cleaners, stereo systems, computers, TVs, monitors, and for a small fee which is much less than you would have to pay at the dump," says Covin.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward helping fund the shelter's operation. COVID and other complications forced NATH to cancel many of their successful fundraising events, like the Harvest Hoedown normally scheduled for October.

"While our expenses have not gone down, even gone up some, our income, which is fundraising grants, and gifts, has gone down," says Covin.

If you didn't make it Friday, don't worry! You can stop by from 9 to noon Saturady.

"We'll all be here ready to take their recyclables and all that stuff that's been gathering dust in their basement, closet, and garage, gather that up, those old electronics you have to pay through the nose to get rid of at the dump, bring 'em here, and we'll give rid of em for a small fee and it'll go to a good cause," says Covin.

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MINOCQUA -

 The walleye population in Minocqua's Chain of Lakes has been struggling. The Wisconsin DNR has placed strict policies on walleye fishing in the area which has put a strain on anglers. 

Because of that, fishing guides in Minocqua have had to suggest new alternatives to tourists in order to protect the walleye population.

"Numbers just skyrocketing," said Kurt's Island Sport Shop's Alec Steinberger on the surge of new fishermen.

But, with the walleye population struggling to reproduce naturally, fishing guides have had to direct new fishermen to different species.

"I recommend you go out and catch crappies and panfish and bass and have a good time," Steinberger said.

While the Wisconsin DNR has placed a strict "catch and release" restriction on walleye in Minocqua, it doesn't mean that anglers can't bring in those fish from other lakes.

"All the rest of the lakes don't have that restriction. So, you can still go out and fish and catch walleyes on a lot of lakes and come back with your limits everyday," said Dewey Catchem and How Owner, Jeff Bolander.

He knows better than anyone else that this summer has been especially busy for fishing.

"You've got the normal people that fish who are fishing more often," Bolander said, "You've got the people that don't normally fish are taking it up and finding out either they like it or they don't."

And Steinberger realizes these new anglers can cause a strain on an already low population.

"When you've got people coming up and taking walleyes out of the chain that aren't being naturally reproduced, you're actually taking out more fish than can be reproduced into the lake," he said.

The DNR is hoping that by next summer the walleye population in Minocqua can return to normal levels and fisherman can resume catching the fish without the strict policy.



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CRANDON - Tens of thousands of fans come to the Crandon International Raceway track every year, where racers reach speeds of over one hundred miles an hour.

And unlike so many events in the Northwoods, the races are still on.

The raceway's president Cliff Flannery said the team is going the extra mile to make sure it's safe.

"Everythings a go, I mean there's no stopping us. But we're still going to be really cautious of what's going on here," said Flannery.

But the decision to continue the events was not spur-of-the-moment.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, event organizers discussed it with the county board, the sheriff, lawyers, and the health department.

"We talked to a lot of people before we did it," Flannery said.

Just like every other year, Cliff and his team are prepping the 400 acres for use.

Putting up lights, cutting the grass, and setting up the hundreds of campsites.

Except this year they have a few more tasks.

"It's a totally different deal," he said.

Building signs of all kinds, and buying new equipment.

"This covid has taken us a lot of time, and it's costing us a lot of money," said Flannery.

They had to buy new ticket machines for more convenience, adapting the food stands, and bought over 10 thousand face masks.

Flannery says the masks will be available everywhere.

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The city's Fire and Police Commission voted unanimously last week to demote Chief Alfonso Morales.

 Commissioners criticized how Morales handled multiple incidents involving Black people, including the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown. 

Speaking Wednesday on WTMJ-AM, Morales said he's retiring because if he returned as a captain it would be at a reduced salary and would negatively impact his pension payments. 

Morales also defended his record as chief. 

His attorney says he and Morales are exploring a range of legal action, including filing a claim for damages.

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KINGSTON, MO - Attorneys for a Missouri man accused of killing two brothers from Wisconsin are seeking to have two charges of abandoning a corpse dismissed in the case.

Garland Nelson, of Braymer, is facing the death penalty in the deaths of 24-year-old Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin. They disappeared after visiting Nelson's farm in July 2019 and their burned remains were later found in Missouri and Nebraska.

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MADISON - The University of Wisconsin-Madison has received less than 1% of the money that Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group pledged to it two years ago amid the electronics giant's expansion plans in Wisconsin.

In August 2018, Foxconn committed $100 million to the university to help fund an engineering building and for company-related research. It gave the school $700,000 in the first year of a 5-year agreement and records show the school has received no additional money over the past year.

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