RHINELANDER - When you live in the Northwoods, it's likely you'll see a bear every now and then.
But you probably wouldn't want to see it near your porch.
Residents at the Davenport Street Estates apartment complex in Rhinelander saw a bear two weeks ago.
Property Manager Jenna Cook contacted the DNR immediately.
She's seen bears near the apartment before, but this time she thinks the bears were attracted to the bird feeders.
"I grew up in Rhinelander, grew up in the town of crescent. I was used to seeing bears, having them around," said Cook.
"I grew up with my dad having bird feeders and always take them down at night so the bear wouldn't come in to the yard. So when I heard about it, my first initial reaction was, yep, bird feeders have to go."
The DNR estimates there's more than 18 thousand bears in the Wisconsin.
DNR Wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says it's common to see young bears because they're looking for food and entertainment.
"There's always some kind of flesh of activity when you get into late June and early mid-July," Holtz said.
"These young animals come in and they're just not as smart enough to stay away from people and they get into trouble."
Holtz wants to remind people that it's illegal to feed bears.
If you do see a bear near your home, contact the DNR.
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 - 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.
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."
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