RHINELANDER - Big projects around town could make your utility bills go up. Rhinelander leaders are looking at current rates to see if they'll cover planned construction.
$6,000,000 is required for the Kemp street sewer project already underway. The city is also considering a new well that would cost around a million dollars.
If the study shows rates DO need to be increased, that doesn't mean bills will immediately jump.
"We have a lot of flexibility here. Fortunately these funds are very solvent, both of them. So they've got some reserves. So we may do 3% increases over a period of time," said Rhinelander City Administrator, Blaine Oborn.
Low-interest loans allow for rates to go up slowly over time. Federal grants will also help.
FLORENCE COUNTY - Two high school students died in a car crash early Friday morning in Florence County. The wreck happened at around 6:20 a.m. according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
The vehicle was traveling north on County Highway N in the Commonwealth Township, when the driver lost control while making a turn. The vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway, and hit a tree, bursting into flames upon impact.
The names and ages of the Florence High School students will be released after notifications are made.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander group working to maintain recreational trails in the area got some help in their mission. The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association received grants to help fund its various projects.
The group got two DNR Recreational Trail Act Grants totaled at a little more than $13,000. The WPS Foundation also gave a total of $1,800 in grants. The grant money will be used to help with multiple projects.
One project is to construct a boardwalk over the wetlands of the Cassian Cross County Ski Trail. RASTA is also going to construct a new ski trail at Washburn.
For more information on all of RASTA's projects, visit their Facebook page lined below.
The unusual weather this spring could have an effect on how many fish you might catch this season. We talk to a local bait shop owner about the connection between the weather and the number of catchable fish that are in the water.
And we'll take you to a recycling event and tell you how you can help a local homeless shelter by bringing in old appliances.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
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