RHINELANDER - Look up almost anywhere in Rhinelander and you see it-- a 138-foot tall flagpole.
But right now there's no flag, just the pole.
If the Parking and Advisory Board gets its way, you'll see a permenent flag on it this spring. The structure doubles as a cell phone tower owned by AT&T.
At Wednesday night's Parking and Advisory meeting the board discussed the latest proposal from AT&T.
The company wants a long term lease, but the board needs to fix some flag issues first.
"That we kinda have their attention and we have to say, this thing needs to be straightened out so that we can raise and lower a flag properly in proper times and get this thing up so that it can be up the way it should be," board chairman Mark Pelletier said.
The board also hopes to add a little color to the base of the flagpole. That means a mural, and last night's meeting looked at the possibility of getting one painted this spring.
"The initial plan was to have a mural painted the following year, cover everything up and go to something new," Pelletier said. "Maybe hopefully get local groups involved in it and everything."
The board hopes to partner up with the Nicolet College art department for the mural.
MINOCQUA - By the time most of us finish breakfast, we already start planning what to eat for lunch.
For some kids all around the world, that next meal sometimes never comes.
The Food for Kidz Minocqua committee will lend a helping hand to change that Saturday morning.
Lakeland Union High School's common area will transform into a full-blown assembly line.
Food for Kidz volunteers will pour and pack ingredients into plastic bags.
The goal is 175,000 packed meals.
Food for Kidz needs more volunteers by tomorrow to meet that goal.
"If you haven't experienced this, come out and try it and you'll go away with just a great feeling," said Food for Kidz co-chair John Breiten.
Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to walk in to volunteer.
The food packages will be shipped off to anywhere from Honduras to Mozambique.
Some special meals will be set aside and sent to local communities in the Northwoods.
"It's just a great, fun community event. I think the kids especially take something away that they are giving beyond themselves," said Food for Kidz sponsor and Lakeland Union High School Spanish teacher Karen Roerich.
Walk-in volunteers are welcome to attend either packing shift tomorrow morning.
The first shift is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The second shift is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
If you can't make it out to Lakeland Union High School Saturday, donations are always welcome.
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