TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School seniors will say goodbye to their school in a couple of weeks. But not before they leave something behind.
A special group of students were selected to participate in the art show. Madison Krueger- Brown, Katie Vannatter, Hayley Strong and Ciarra Clifford have been committed to the arts during their whole high school career.
On Wednesday they got a chance to showcase their work.
This was the first year that the art show had open applications.
"You can't have a culture without art.That's a very basic part of our human existence is to have art. We like to create things to express ourselves," said Vannatter.
MADISON - The state Department of Natural Resources' board has signed off on a fall deer hunt structure that scales back the number of counties where hunters can shoot only bucks for a fourth straight year.
The 2017 season structure designates Ashland, Iron and Vilas counties and the eastern half of Eau Claire County as buck-only. The designation protects does so they can give birth and grow area herds. The DNR's board passed the structure on a unanimous voice vote Wednesday.
EAGLE RIVER - A lot of things need to go right to build a 40,000 square foot addition in just one year. Workers in Vilas County used a fairly mild winter to their advantage to work toward that goal.
Construction on the county courthouse's addition is both on budget and essentially on time. Crews have the drywall up on the second floor and are working to do the same on the first floor soon. Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman says a rainy spring held some masonry work up, but it's nothing crews can't handle to stay on track.
"Very well disciplined," Alleman said of the workers. "They're working every day, things are being done on time. I think overall that makes for a good project."
RHINELANDER - A long-serving member of the Rhinelander Public Works Department who spent his entire life in the Northwoods will soon start a new career in a place nearly 200 miles from home.
Streets Superintendent Tony Gilman announced last week he plans to take a job with the city of Baraboo, which is a community of about 12,000 people. It's about an hour northwest of Madison near Wisconsin Dells.
Gilman wrote a resignation letter to Mayor Dick Johns dated May 17. In the two-page letter, Gilman praised the mayor and two aldermen. But he also criticized some of the other city leaders without using specific names.
- A Nicolet College club provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and allies to socialize and discuss personal issues related to gender and sexual orientation.
However, outside of the campus, there is no supportive group in the Northwoods. Now, the Rainbow Hodags Club is helping to get a community LGBT group started. Club member Don Schindhelm says he wishes a club like this existed years ago.
"I really felt like I didn't know anyone else who was gay or lesbian. It was frowned upon, so I suppressed it for most of my life. That's why I struggled with it for so many years," said Schindhelm.
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