RHINELANDER - Whether you make great cookies or great works of art, Oneida County Fair organizers want to see what you can do.
The county fair doesn't start until August 1st. But organizers need your project submissions before July 1st.
You just need to decide what you'd like to show off and then figure out which category or exhibition book your project falls under.
Oneida County U.W. 4-H Youth Development Agent Lynn Feldman says there's an exhibition book for just about any project and age.
"Maybe there's a special picture that you took this year that you would like to have other people see and you would like to have critiqued by a judge. Then you take this exhibition book and look through the cultural arts category, look for the photography area, and then it will show you the different types of photography exhibits that can be brought in."
The exhibition books and entry forms can be found at the Rhinelander Chamber, the Rhinelander Senior Center, or at the UW-Extension Office located at the Rhinelander Airport.
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.
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.
MERCER - This year, almost 40 northern Wisconsin communities formally expressed interest in becoming the new home of the DNR's state forestry headquarters. But there's a chance the headquarters stay right where they are--in Madison.
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.
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