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National Report Shows Wisconsin Drivers Paying for Rough Roads Submitted: 09/19/2018
RHINELANDER - Potholes often bring people to James Maze's shop, Certified Auto Repair in Rhinelander. Maze says that he is seeing more suspension repairs from the poor road conditions in Rhinelander at this time.

Suspension repairs can get expensive

"The average suspension damage can range from three to four hundred dollars. In extreme cases it can double." Maze said

According to TRIP, a national resource transportation group, North Central Wisconsin drivers lose more than $1,500 per year due to neglected roadways. These costs include repairs, crashes and congestion-related delays




Rhinelander Director of Public Works Tim Kingman says studies identify roads that need attention.

Kingman also adds that priority for roads getting repaired isn't necessarily about the roads themselves but the utilities under them. "Roads will wear out in 15 to 20 years. The utilities will last about 50 years." Kingman said.

Roads with outdated utilities are less likely to get repaired because they are considered less valuable than the ones with updated utilities.

"We selected locations where the utilities are a reasonable shape and we don't lose the value of doing the road," Kingman said.

With limited funds, the city has to put money toward road repairs where it can get the best use.

"The city has a 10 year schedule for the leading candidates for replacements in utility work." Kingman said

For information on what current road projects that are happening in Rhinelander you can check out the Rhinelander city website.   

Story By: Nina Schlosberg

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Now, they have turned it into a celebration of cultural education.

They put together presentations, traditional dances, with a focus on awareness at their Crandon reservation on Wednesday.

"It's important to understand our indigenous people who lived here, grew up here, and actually founded the land," said Family Services Division Director Abby Lukowski.

The Woodland Sky Native American Dance Group performed for the crowd. They had two ninety minute shows.

Woodland Sky uses dance as way to teach others.

"When we started this group, it was a way of sharing awareness with people of who we are and to tell them our culture is very much still alive," said Woodland Sky member Ronnie Preston.

One important thing for the group is to break stereotypes.

They had plenty of opportunities to reach about 300 people watching.

"These aren't our costumes, these are our native regalia," said Preston. "We are not dressing up to be native people. We are native people everyday of our lives."

The Forest County Potawatomi hope the presentations and performances will not only unite their employees, but everyone around them.

"We are all people and when we work together as a team we can build a strong community," said Lukowski

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Borchardt, a Merrill police officer, lost to Sheriff's Lt. Ken Schneider by more than 400 votes in the August race. There's no Democrat on the general election ballot, so it appeared Schneider would coast into office.

But Borchardt's now running a write-in campaign. He thinks he would have won in August, if not for corruption.

"Corruption is not too strong of a word to use," Borchardt said Wednesday. "There are some things that have gone on at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office that should not go on in an organization."

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Chief Al Elvins said in a press release his department responded to a "suspicious activity" complaint on Tuesday in the 800 block of North 4th Street, which is in the block north of the new Kwik Trip.

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Guild held a meet and greet Tuesday to go over his past experience and give his future ideas.

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