THREE LAKES - While fear and chaos shut down Boston- the Northwoods had it's own scare today. A bomb threat shut down Three Lakes Schools.
This is an especially scary time for a bomb threat. But everyone in Three Lakes IS safe after a tense morning.
Students and teachers in Three Lakes Schools evacuated the building after a bomb threat came in.
Just before 10 o'clock the school called police to report what they felt was a credible threat to teachers and students.
"We have a protocol in place and we follow it to the letter." How quickly did it take them to evacuate the school? "From start to finish? About a minute, minute and a half," says Three Lakes Principal Bill Greb.
Students were taken away from the school. The Three Lakes Police and Fire Departments, and the Oneida County Sheriff's Department surrounded the building.
"What we always want to do is we want to do a thorough search to make sure when we put children back into the building the area is safe and clear. We search the entire building," says Police Chief Scott Lea.
Officers searched the building for two hours. They cleared it and let students and staff back in.
Principal Greb says they're taking the threat very seriously. If they find out it was a student, that person will be expelled.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Three Lakes Police Department.
Police wouldn't say exactly how the threat came in because they're still investigating.
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.
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 - 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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