RHINELANDER - The Ministry Spirit 2 helicopter won't be moving into its new home just yet, after a planning and development meeting this afternoon.
Ministry Healthcare planned to house the Spirit 2 helicopter at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.
But community concern and the permitting process have slowed things down.
The Ministry Spirit 2 helicopter is currently housed at the Oneida County Airport. But Ministry Health Care wants it to be more centrally located by building a helipad at Howard Young Medical Center.
People living near the proposed site have spoken out against the plans though, citing noise concerns. The Town of Woodruff requested Ministry apply for a conditional use permit.
Wednesday the Oneida County Planning and Development committee met to postpone granting the permit. Ministry Health Care asked for the extension.
"We agreed to slow it down and give them the time to give them the answers because there are considerable unhappy people in the neighborhood, and there's considerable unhappy people in the general public that are both pushing both directions," says Mike Timmons, from the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee.
The committee agreed to give itself up to six months to resolve the issues, but says it will likely be done by spring.
RHINELANDER - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge. The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.
Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather. Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.
This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016. The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.
MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations. The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.
The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program. The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed. Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.
ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.
Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.
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