Tourism grants for local events to help bring more people to the area
Story By Lyndsey Stemm
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee wants to keep visitors coming to the area. Each year they give out grants to help promote local events.
This year there's an exciting new one coming to the area.
The Spine and Sport Centre will host a mini-triathlon to benefit W.I.L.D. W.I.L.D. is a Rhinelander youth ministry group promoting leadership skills.
Tim Thorsen from Spine and Sport says this will be an exciting new event for the community.
"We're just really excited to be able to offer this event to the community, to have it powered by Spine and Sport in the background, but to create some public relations for W.I.L.D., what their mission is, what they do," says Thorsen.
The Tourism Marketing Committee has given out nearly $100,000 in grants. It helps local organizations market events that bring people to the Northwoods.
"Tourism is a big part of our economy and it can't all be done by one organization. And this is hopefully one way we can help to supplement we're able to do with the manpower we have, and to support the other community organizations and events that are happening in our area," says Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lara Reed.
Anyone who wants to apply for a grant can do so in November.
The mini-triathlon is August 24th at Holiday Acres. We've put a link to the sign-up below.
WAUSAU - The First Thursday means more than just a day in Wausau. It's a chance for stores to stay open later, and bring people downtown. The theme for the fourth, 2015 installment focused on live art in the Wausau River District and 400 Block.
For Wausau's Valerie Berkely, it gave her the chance to get others in touch with art.
Berkely greeted people passing by with a "Hi, I teach painting here" during the occasion outside the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau.
RHINELANDER - This year the PotatoFest in Rhinelander will still have the favorites, like the French Fry Frenzy and Polka Sunday.
But there will also be a few new additions like a beanbag toss tournament, and potato pantyhose bowling.
"The pantyhose bowling that's where you wear a pantyhose on your head and it's filled with a potato, and then you have to swing your head to knock pins, or knock the ball down to knock the pins over," said DRI Executive Director Maggie Steffen.
VILAS COUNTY - Whether you're in the Northwoods for Labor Day Weekend or you call it home, you will have to be more careful around mosquitoes.
A dead crow in Vilas County tested positive for West Nile Virus, which is carried by mosquitoes.
According to a Vilas County Public Health Department press release, this is the first bird this summer to test positive for it.
Gina Egan of the Vilas County Health Department said over the years the county has found infected birds.
Egan suggests avoiding mosquitoes and wearing bug spray. She also suggests getting rid of standing water outside your home, such as bird baths or gutters.
Public health nurses stress that most people who do get West Nile do not get sick.
"Twenty percent of the people have it really mild," said Oneida County public health nurse Dawn Klink. "Eighty percent of the people have no symptoms. And less than one percent get really really deathly ill. And those are usually the ones that get tested for it and go in. Other people just think they've got a bug and don't go in."
Nurses want you to call the local health department if you do see a dead bird.
If you do feel you have severe symptoms of West Nile, nurses say to go to your doctor to get tested.
MINOCQUA - Heading back to school makes many students stress about what they are going to wear, especially when it comes to that first day look. And educators at one Northwoods school want their students to know that dressing for success, is more important than dressing to fit in.
At Lakeland Union High School, the dress code is designed to promote making wise fashion choices. Administrators say they want students to get in the routine of dressing, as if they're going to work.
"We're teaching them how to get ready for college and how to get ready for a career that they're going to be going into, 'career and college readiness', we want to make sure that they understand 'dressing for success', and a lot of times we spend a lot of time talking from that point of view," said Lakeland Union High School principal Jim Bouche.
Lakeland Union High School doesn't require uniforms, but they do have specific guidelines in place. They don't spell out what students can wear, but instead tell them what they can't. The overall goal is to keep kids focused in class.
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