RHINELANDER - People often need help during tough economic times.
Families use resources like food pantries to keep them fed.
But food alone doesn't cover everything they need.
Personal Essentials Pantry in Rhinelander gives toothbrushes, shampoo and other items to families so they can stay clean. The First United Methodist Church cooked brats and homemade fries Friday to help raise money.
That money goes to the pantry.
Al Lewis is one of the cooks at the sale.
"I enjoy doing it," Lewis said. "We get good help through the church and it's for a good cause and it gives a lot of people chance to come and enjoy the french fries, it's a good day."
The fresh french fries usually help the group raise about $500 on a good day.
Lewis hopes more people come out so they can help more families.
"We're getting more and more families all the time," Lewis said. "It's really a good cause for the people that may be down on their luck and need some help."
You can help by dropping by the brat sale outside of Trigs, in Rhinelander Saturday morning. It will be close to the Potatofest tent.
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 - 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.
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