TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk could become a camper's paradise soon.
The city would also be able to host more events as it goes forward with the idea for a new campground.
The city has been looking at expanding camping options in its parks.
City leaders picked SARA Park as the best spot for up to 100 more campsites.
The new campground is still only in planning stages.
But it's already caught the attention of many event organizers.
"We've been approached by a number of different people that run events in the area who look at the opportunity to run an event at a facility like this that could really accommodate their needs as being very interesting to them," says Tomahawk Public Works Director Mike Tolvstad.
Those organizers include people in charge of summer baseball and softball in Tomahawk.
They told the city creating a new campground would be great for their group.
"They were extremely interested in seeing the camping expanded and some of the other facilities because they run tournaments. Last year, they were telling us there was one tournament where people had to stay in Wausau because there weren't enough lodging facilities in the area," Tolvstad says.
Now, the city wants to hear from residents, groups, and businesses on what they want from the campground.
They're hosting a meeting next Tuesday.
"What we're trying to do with this next meeting is trying to get all of the interested parties in a room at the same time and talk about exactly what they want to see these facilities be like in the future," says Tolvstad.
That will include specific talks about shower and restroom facilities, and how modern the campsites should be.
BLAINE, MINNESOTA - Firefighters from Upper Michigan put themselves at risk to battle fires in Utah.
On the way home, two were killed when the bus they were riding in crashed over the weekend in Minnesota.
Now the firefighter who was driving the bus is facing charges.
According to a criminal complaint, 28-year-old Michael Johnson told authorities he'd slept just 45 minutes the previous 28 hours as he drove a bus with 8 other wildland firefighters returning from a fire in Utah to their home base near Baraga in Michigan's Upper Penninsula.
Officers say Johnson was combative and showed signs of impairment at the crash scene, and later admitted to using marijuana the morning of the crash - and cocaine two days earlier.
WOODRUFF - The amount of blood donations usually drops during the summer, but this summer has been particularly challenging in northern Wisconsin.
"Over the course of the summer, our blood supply has declined considerably. It has dropped 35 percent over the course of the summer, and it is approaching dangerously low levels," said Community Blood Center Donor Services Vice President Kristine Belanger.
WAUSAU - After struggling for a few years, Wausau's mayor hopes new management and building changes will revitalize the Wausau Center Mall.
On Tuesday, Mayor Robert Mielke announced in a press conference that Mid America Asset Management will take over management of the mall. Mielke says Mid America will focus on new marketing, maintenance, and leasing new tenants.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's Highway 8 is finally getting its long-awaited renovation.
Beginning this week, construction will begin along two busy intersections on Rhinelander's busy bypass.
Michael Wendt, the Department of Transportation project development supervisor said, "This is probably something we should have done a little while ago, but it takes some time to get these projects going.
Construction at Highway G and 17 South started this week, and crews will lay new surface and install new stoplight sensors.
MINOCQUA - Three local cyclists planned to bike in the Ride Across Wisconsin event just for fun this year, but a few days before the ride, a good friend of theirs became unexplainably sick. In that moment, the purpose of their ride changed.
"This is nothing. This is a day. This is an hour, a minute that I can keep going," said cyclist Connie Trapp.
For Trapp, riding 178 miles was a small hurdle compared to the struggle of a close friend.
"Just having somebody to ride it for and be encouraged that you're doing it for someone else besides yourself really helped," said Trapp.
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