RHINELANDER - A bouncy house, temporary tattoos and music welcomed families to downtown Rhinelander this morning.
This was the second annual Hodag Block Party.
Downtown Rhinelander was blocked off from Stevens to Brown Street along Davenport.
Games and activities for kids lined the streets.
The goal of the event- to have fun and raise funds and awareness of the Northwoods Childrens Museum.
Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce director Lara Reed took the opportunity to show off the town.
"That's kind of what we're always looking at trying to do is create events that gets people to our downtown because while they're down here they will see restaurants that we have," said Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Lara Reed.
"They'll see shops that we have. Hopefully they're kind of checking those things out today as well."
Just before the block started runners took off down the street for the Hodag Run For Your Life.
Tying the two events together seemed like a natural fit.
"It's just a good opportunity to partner up with the Y and have some sort of event that piggybacks all of those folks that were down here." Reed said.
MADISON (AP) - Local governments are considering putting their own mining regulations in place as Gov. Scott Walker prepares to lift Wisconsin's nearly 20-year ban on gold and silver mining.
Walker voted for the moratorium when he was in the state Assembly but is expected to sign a GOP bill that lifts the prohibition. The bill comes as Aquila Resources Inc. is considering potential mining sites in Taylor and Marathon counties.
WISCONSIN - Around 9:12 a.m. on Saturday emergency responders assisted a 49-year-old Crandon man who accidentally shot himself while hunting in Armstrong Creek, according to DNR Safety Specialist Warden Mark Little.
Little said the man saw a deer while sitting in his truck. He went to grab his rifle, and as he was manipulating the gun it went off. A bullet went through the man's upper right leg and lower left leg, exiting out the driver-side door.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
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