CRANDON - Many of the drivers call it the Daytona 500 or Indy 500 of off-road racing. And the way they attack the course at Crandon, shows how bad they want to win there.
The Brush Run races gave thousands of people another full day of fun at the track.
We had several local drivers with standout performances. For the 1600 Buggy, it was a fight to the finish for Rhinelander's Mark Steinhardt and Steiny came across in second place. In the Pro Buggy, Sugar Camp's Scott Schwalbe had a nice day finishing third.
And in the Pro Light Trucks, Crandon native Keegan Kincaid had a dominating weekend, thrilling the crowd and taking the checkered flag for the second day in a row.
Johnny Greaves of Abrams, WI won the 20th Annual Community Cup challenge yesterday.
But this weekend gave local fans the chance to cheer on drivers from many different parts of the Northwoods.
For the guys competing, they love their hometown track.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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