EAGLE RIVER - On Wednesday, Northland Pines Elementary students and Eagle River Fire Department had big plans.
Build a castle with nothing but Milk Jugs and good old fashion work ethic. But Working doesn't mean you can't have fun.
"We focus on jobs and we also focus on heroes, community. This really fits into all aspects. And the kids are so excited to see a fire fighter these are there heroes." said Kindergarten Teacher Sarah Simac.
Teaching a few lessons is the goal for Assistant Fire Chief Nikolai Karl. He just knows kid's love getting their hands messy.
"Anything that's hands on with the safety house where the kids actually do something. They not only retain it but they get to be active and children like to be active."
If kids have doubts about scary firefighters--projects like these extinguish that thought.
"We get to go to the fire department in October for fire prevention and that's their first meeting with them. It just gets the kids more comfortable seeing them and they're just overall excited about it."
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
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