RHINELANDER - Paul Ellenbecker has been the Rhinelander school district driver's education instructor for the past two years.
Practice makes perfect, and Ellenbecker said driving after Wednesday's winter storm is a reality for these Rhinelander high schoolers.
"Yesterday was kind of a dream day for a driver's ed teacher," said Ellenbecker. "When you drive in a situation like that with that much snow that came down that quick. People have to get from point A to point B. Kids have to know how to do that."
Ellenbecker's students have to complete 30 hours of classroom learning, along with 12 hours in the car.
Student Alivia Krause said she was surprised about how much longer it takes to stop in the snow. And starting the car was a learning curve too.
"When you get going you actually don't want to push the gas pedal to the floor you want to easily do it and that was kind of surprising cause I thought oh you want to push the gas pedal harder so you can actually move but that's not the case," said Krause.
Before teenagers like Alivia take their official test with the DMV, they do one last drive with Paul, going over everything one more time.
"They start out having a hard time doing a basic right turn. And by the time they're done a lot of them are pretty good drivers. It's rewarding as a teacher to see that," said Ellenbecker.
RHINELANDER - The first day of spring on Tuesday greeted us with snow and cold, but a handful of people across Rhinelander did their best to deliver some warm feelings.
Hometown Chiropractic employees stood outside the Rhinelander District Library starting at 12:30 p.m. with motivational signs. This is the third year the chiropractic office decided to do "Sunshine on the Street."
It was a simple half-hour commitment to spread joy.
RHINELANDER - By landing in New Zealand last week, Rhinelander's Darlene Machtan and her husband checked off another continent in their world travels. They landed and were confronted by huge national news.
"It's all people are talking about," Machtan said in a FaceTime interview.
Last Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand, a white supremacist started shooting at two mosques in a terrorist attack, killing 50 people.
Most years, the entire country has fewer than ten homicides with guns.
ANTIGO - A sandbag can serve as a cheap, easy tool to stop floodwater from reaching homes, businesses, and other buildings. In Antigo, city workers have seen their fair share of sandbags lately. The city made a thousand of them. It's something workers do every year, but hope to never use them.
"Every melting season," said Antigo Public Works Project Manager Charlie Brinkmeier. "We never know, the weather changes day to day."
Since the flooding that took place in 2004, the city of Antigo has been doing its best to stay prepared.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County Supervisor Bob Mott felt sadness as he toured the Doctors Foster and Smith property in Rhinelander on Feb. 22. Mott knew he couldn't save the nearly 300 jobs that are disappearing after Petco announced in January it was closing most of the facility.
However, Mott is now pushing the county to look at a new option for the buildings and land that could generate money and create jobs.
At Tuesday's county board meeting, Mott submitted a resolution that would form a committee to look at Oneida County buying the property from Petco.
MERRILL - Dozens of people in Merrill considered who is representing them in city government. A group is pushing to recall five of the city's eight representatives and held a rally Tuesday night to make their case to their fellow taxpayers.
"It's now or never," said LaDonna Fermanich, one of the rally organizers.
The Recall Rally was held at Les and Jim's Lincoln Lanes less than a mile away from Merrill City Hall, where a common council meeting was taking place at the same time.
"This is nothing personal for the alderman. We believe you're all of good character," said Steve Sabatke, addressing the council. Sabatke plans to run for Merrill's 8th district seat.
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