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Rhinelander Police Sergeant encourages people to follow law and clear car of snowSubmitted: 12/13/2019
Dan Hagen
Dan Hagen
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dhagen@wjfw.com

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.

"At a minimum," said Helke. "That's a warning and they're gonna be sitting there until they take the time to let their car defrost and clear their windows so they can see.

Make sure to also clear lights and your rear license plate. 

Helke recommends clearing all snow off your vehicle to just be a good neighbor.

"We all have to get through this long winter and deal with the snow so we should all accommodate best we can and be respectable of other people on the road," said Helke. "Do your due diligence to take care of your vehicle and drive safely."

Also, be sure to look into winter parking restrictions where you live, or else you may face a ticket and a lot of time shoveling.


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Hodag Lanes Closing Submitted: 08/14/2020

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RHINELANDER - After over 50 years of staying open, Hodag Lanes in Rhinelander has officially closed its doors.

"I mean COVID has hit the bowling business really, really hard no matter where your bowling center is," said Sharon Cline, bowling manager at Hodag Lanes.

And with the construction on Stevens Street, the bowling alley was in a tough situation.

"The construction was also a big play for us because with all the construction out here it was tough for anybody to get through," Cline said.

A lot of memories were created in the bowling alley for various citizens in the city.

"I probably started bowling in the early '80s on the Wednesday night women's league," said Sherri Schilleman, Rhinelander resident. "We had the 9 o'clock slot I believe back then."

For her and many families in Rhinelander, bowling was very popular.

"Bowling is actually a big sport in Rhinelander," said Schilleman. "And I think in the last couple of years bowling was actually starting to make another comeback. So it's sad because people are gonna have to find something else to do."

But Cline is hoping that this won't be the end for Hodag Lanes.

"It is costly to have a bowling center but we're just hoping again that we can get up and running again," said Cline. 

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MILWAUKEE -  Milwaukee's former police chief, who was demoted to captain in part for using tear gas against protesters demonstrating over George Floyd's death, has chosen to retire instead of staying with the department. 

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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- The Rhinelander school district announced today a blended reopening plan for the 2020-21 academic year. The blended option will include high school and middle school students attending in-person classes twice a week, with the remainder of the week being online. Meanwhile, K-5th will have a four day school week, with Wednesdays off for a school-wide cleaning. Despite the district's decision to offer partly online classes, not all parents are ready for their students to return back to the school hallways.

"We have to put health in front of money. we have to put health in front of other important things to make sure everybody is okay to continue to enjoy the things we like so much. and if this is just one way we can keep her safe and the family safe,..again we just decided as a family that's the best route for us," Rhinelander parent, Kate Bauman said.

For parents wanting an alternative option, they can sign up for the districts online option by tomorrow night, August 9th, 2020. 

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MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received the 2019 test results from the second year of the ruffed grouse West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance project.

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MADISON - The grandmother of an 11-year-old girl shot in Madison said Wednesday the girl will be taken off life support.

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WAUSAU -

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on many businesses. Even something as simple as networking with other business owners can be complicated. But, the Wausau Chamber of Commerce is trying to help. They've hosted their networking events for years, but since going virtual they've had to adjust to help local businesses stay on track.

"This desire was out there," said Chamber Marking Manager, Brian Otten.

There was a common desire among businesses to get back to normal and doing so meant making changes.

"It's been well received. We've had individuals who have attended numerous Nothing but Networking Programs," Otten said, "We've got a lot of people that check it out for the first time we do it and a lot of those people return as well." 

Nothing but Networking has been a staple for Wausau Chamber members, that includes Health in Motion's Stacey Marcum.

"I think it's been really, really positive. It's also people from different industries who can tell their stories, say what's going on, and pitch their business, and also talk about how we can get through these harder times together. And make our community stronger because of it," Marcum said.

With the meetings moving online for the time being, it's given Chamber members a learning experience. One that will impact the future of business.

"Everything that we've learned the last few months is going to incorporated into what the chamber is and does," Otten explained. 

"And I think even moving forward, if there's not an opportunity even after the pandemic. To do an online event, to still connect with each other, and I think that would be very beneficial," Marcum added.

The next Nothing but Networking event is scheduled for August 24th. Marathon County business owners can register for the event on the chamber's website. 


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OAKLAND, CALIF. - Beginning Thursday, U.S. Facebook users who post about voting may start seeing an addendum to their messages -- labels directing readers to authoritative information about the upcoming presidential election.

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