RHINELANDER - We learned earlier this week two well-known people in Oneida County died tragically in a house fire.
Thursday, we heard some reaction from a person who worked closely with one of the victims.
Jail Administrator Kaye Juel and her husband Mark were killed in the fire at their home in Cassian early Tuesday morning.
The cause of that fire is still under investigation, but police think it was an accident.
Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman knew Kaye and spoke with her almost every day.
"Our entire office is deeply sadened by the sudden loss of Kaye and her husband Mark," Hartman said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family as well as her many friends in this community. At this point we're just going to honor Kaye's memory, Mark's memory and take it one day at a time."
Kaye had been a member of the Sheriff's Office since 1983.
Mark was an Iraq war veteran and served in the military for two decades.
A visitation for Mark and Kaye will be held Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carlson Funeral Home in Rhinelander.
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.
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.
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.
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