LITTLE RICE - It seems like you can go most places with an ATV in the Northwoods.
Clubs seem to be popping up in every community.
Some towns are allowing ATVs to share some roads with cars.
Now, the Willow Flowage area could be expanding its trail system for ATVs.
The Department of Natural Resources held a public comment session near Tomahawk, Thursday.
The group presented its proposed changes and heard comments from residents.
Joan Giusto has been riding ATVs for decades.
She wants all of the flowage's roads to be ATV accessible.
""We want multi-use trails that everybody can use, and we want to be able to use the town roads and the county roads to get from trail A to trail B," Giusto said.
The plan would open 7.4 additional miles on three roads during hunting season for cars, ATVs and UTVs.
But DNR officials have to balance the recreational habits of every taxpayer.
"Someone who is a mountain biker or a silent sport enthusiast, they've got just as much say as to what happens with state land as someone who rides an ATV or UTV," Tom Shockley, Willow Flowage Forester, said.
Officials believe the plan has the balance, but isn't sure about the fate of the proposal.
"It's unknown at this point," Shockley said. "I think we've got a pretty solid proposal in place here and it just depends on the types of comments we receive from the public and how it moves forward."
Another proposal would allow campsites and canoe sites in the Rainbow Flowage of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. The possible sites would be on land in Vilas County.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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