RHINELANDER - Cold winter conditions mean people need to dress properly and bundle up.
An event today in Rhinelander helped those who can't afford to buy warm clothing for the holiday season. Warm for winter's giveaway included winter attire such as coats, hats, scarves, and boots. Carla Chropkowski has volunteered for this event for the past few years. She sees the importance of giving back to the community during the cold weather.
"Not everybody can afford appropriate winter clothing and we don't ask any information about your financial need. You just come and take what you need," said Chropkowski.
Warm for winter assists nearly one thousand people in the Northwoods every year. Coordinator Jan Leschke says she enjoys physically seeing how this event impacts lives. "We had a little girl in here that didn't have anything on her feet except her pajamas, so we got boots for her.," said Leshcke. "There's stories all the time and we're helping people and that's what it's all about."
Warm for winter takes place at Friendly Village the last Saturday of every month until February.
RHINELANDER - Tuesday, the Oneida County Public Safety Committee approved a large gathering permit for the Hodag Country Festival. Thursday, organizers said they're no longer going to have the festival.
In a message posted on the festival's website, organizers wrote: the safety of the Rhinelander community is more important than the festival.
Adding, "The possibility of having the Hodag Country Festival has created stress and division in the Rhinelander area, and we are sincerely apologetic for this. It was never our intent. The festival has always been about community. We have been here for 43 years, and have always supported the Northwoods area. Hodag hopes we can continue to have your support in the future."
Oneida County Health Dept. head Linda Conlon said her department is thankful for the decision.
"We do appreciate the difficulty of this decision on their part and in this time of uncertainty and it's important that we're all on the same page related to the health and well-being to our community," said Conlon.
Within the next 10 days, organizers wrote they will be emailing and posting instructions to request a refund or rollover for 2021.
Festival organizers wrote that they expect a strong return in 2021 and that their headline act this year, Darius Rucker, will be at Hodag next year.
MADISON - Wisconsin Republicans sparred with leaders in Democratic Gov. Tony Evers administration during a sometimes heated legislative hearing Wednesday, faulting them for not doing enough to quickly process surging unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic.
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