PARK FALLS - The best running coach in the area comes from tiny Park Falls.
Chequamegon High School'S Mary Patterson recently claimed the title of 2012 District Coach of the Year for Cross Country.
The award is decided by votes from other coaches in the 66-school district.
This adds to the Track and Field coach of the Year honors she earned back in the spring of 2012.
Both of her squads won regional championship titles and 5-boys medalled in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athlete Association Track Meet. Her Cross Country team also finished 3rd in the WIAA State Cross Country Meet.
The list of awards keeps going for Chequamegon High School Track and Cross Country. Senior Jordan Koski was also named the District-1 Runner of the Year.
The Cross Country Squad also finished 2nd in the state with a team GPA of 3.8.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
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