MANITOWISH WATERS - The Manitowish Waters Bike Trail Committee will start construction of a new trail to help protect their cyclists and possibly boost tourism.
"The main thrust of this bike trail is safety," says Henry Bauers, spokesman for the biking committee.
Too many bikers sharing county highways could spell disaster according to Mary Beth Leopold with the town's chamber. "We know it was just a matter of time and it was something that we were seeing on a regular basis, the near misses. So we wanted to get this done before that happened."
Get it done they have. In just a year the Manitowish Waters Bike Trail Committee has raised nearly two thousands dollars through donations. Twenty thousand short of the hefty price tag on a new bike trail extension. "This is the first phase," says Bauer, "It's going from the Discovery Center, Rest Lake Park, to Red Feather Road."
Nearly two miles will be added to the existing 2.5 miles of black top bike trails in Manitowish Waters. Not only will this addition improve safety, but Leopold has high hopes for an increase in tourism. "We're hoping that this is going to bring, honestly, more people to the area they'll have more miles of bike trails to go biking. It has become such a growing sport in all of Wisconsin."
Future phases of the project will lead to trails connecting with the Boulder Junction and Sayner trail systems according to Bauers. "It's all about the kids. To get kids and adults off of the county highways and get them on to a safe alternative, a bike trail along those roads."
All donations are tax deductible and can be sent to: Citizens Bank Manitowish Waters Bike Trail Inc. P.O. Box 326 Manitowish Waters, WI 54545
RHINELANDER - It can be difficult to get around the Northwoods, especially in the snow. For people with physical disabilities, it can seem almost impossible. A new piece of technology changed Bob Simon's life. Now he's hoping to help others with physical disabilities enjoy the outdoors.
"I used to love to hunt and fish," he said.
But when Simon, who is from Rhinelander, lost his legs during a work accident in 2008, he didn't know if he'd be able to enjoy the outdoors again.
HAZELHURST - Tourists make a big economic impact in the Northwood, but they don't stay forever. Monday, locals thanked them for coming to the Northwoods this summer.
People stood outside of Whitman's Bar and Grill just off of Highway 51 in Hazelhurst to wave goodbye. The bar has been doing this for 44 years.
One of the owners says this isn't just a party for the tourists, but for locals as well.
"It's also a goodbye summer party for a lot of the locals. Most of the people that come, I know," said Whitman's Bar and Grill co-owner, Mary Whitman. "They may be tourists that come up for a week or weekends, but it's a party. We give away free street corn, free sloppy joes and it's just a thank you.
RHINELANDER - More than 50,000 people in Wisconsin apply for unemployment benefits every week.
Now, the state Department of Workforce Development wants to know how it can improve the unemployment insurance system.
"Our Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council really likes to get out there and hear firsthand from those who deal with that system directly. We're looking for their suggestions and their ideas on what we might do to make the system even better," said Dave Anderson, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the state Department of Workforce Development.
Two photographic exhibits to open next week at ArtStart
RHINELANDER - The artists paired together in ArtStart's next exhibition couldn't have much different backgrounds.
Next Friday, the Rhinelander gallery will open with two very diverse displays.
"We have two photographic exhibitions opening. One is a solo artist, so the whole gallery will be their work, and the other is an artist who worked with teens as a kind of therapy program, photography and art as therapy," said ArtStart Development Director Melinda Childs.
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