TOMAHAWK - You won't see it on your calendar, but clearly pothole season is here... In Tomahawk the city is even warning drivers to travel at their own risk.
Signs are posted at 4th street and Birchwood near Veterans Memorial bridge. This stretch of pavement has been patched again and again, but the weather keeps it jarring vehicles.
"We've been cold-patching on it, once or twice a week but, in these weather conditions with the freeze thaw, we just can't keep the patching material in there with the volume of traffic that we have on this street," said Mike Tolvstad the Tomahawk Public Works Director.
To make matters worse, 4th street used to be Highway 51. The old concrete under the busted overlay is broken down as well. It's due for reconstruction, but that depends on grants from the state. In the meantime, drivers beware: If you're vehicle gets damaged, don't expect the city to fix it.
"They're always able to take and file a claim, but because of the fact that now there's an alternate route that's just as fast as 4th street, and 4th street's posted and everybody knows how bad it is, probably the chances of getting anything out of a claim are probably pretty slim," said Tolvstad.
Other bumpy spots are Tomahawk avenue by the railroad tracks and towards the bridge on Highway 86. Wisconsin Ave downtown might shake your undercarriage as well.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change.
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