RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander 9-10 yeaR old Little League All-Star team is making history.
Last month they won their first district championship ever. That means they're making their first trip to state.
The state tournament begins Saturday in Rice Lake. Six teams made the tournament.
They'll each play five games in pool play. The top two teams will play for the championship next Thursday.
Rhinelander thinks the momentum from the district playoffs will carry over at state.
"Great team effort," 11 year old outfielder Walker Hartman described their post season. "We played great defense, hit the ball great. Pitching was outstanding - throwing strikes."
10 year old infielder Payton Johnson adds, "Great pitching and when they hit it, we've got great fielding. We're working on defense and not giving up any errors."
"I think we're a pretty good hitting team," head coach Paul Johnson explains. "I think we've fielded solidly for the most part. That and we've got some pitchers who have thrown some timely games for us."
Rhinelander faces Lakeland out of the Milwaukee area in their first game Saturday afternoon.
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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