NORTHWOODS - Tuesday night the Northwoods said yes to higher property taxes.
Unoficial results showed Rhinelander, Northland Pines and Three Lakes school districts voting in favor of the referendums.
The latest tallies showed Rhinelander up twelve hundred votes for yes.
That decision means they won't lose electives, activities and charter schools.
Rhinelander would now receive $4 million per year through 2016.
The Northland Pines school district held informative meetings leading up to Tuesday's vote to get the word out.
Those might have helped as they'll get $2.7 million per year through 2016 to maintain technology and other district programs.
District Administrator Mike Richie says he's excited for the improvements the district will receive.
"It goes to show the support we have in the community for the Northland Pines school district and it's something that we really appreciate and the fact that we will be able to continue doing the good things in the near future is a relief to all of us," said Dr. Richie.
If the referendum failed in Three Lakes, Rhinelander or Northland Pines could've absorbed the district.
Instead, since it passed, they'll get $2.34 million per year through 2018.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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