- This week's Newswatch 12 Player of the Week is Rhinelander running back Connor Johnson. He ran for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns in Ashland last week. He helped the Hodags win their first victory of the year. He gets a plaque from R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.
Nearly 2700 votes were cast this week. Amanda Schneider of the Tomahawk volleyball team, Chequamegon football star Sam Lehman, and Bryan Tomek of the Tomahawk cross country team were the other nominees.
If you would like to nominate someone for next week's award, we have link on the sports page at wjfw.com. Please include stats for a game this week.
ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.
Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.
RHINELANDER - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge. The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.
Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather. Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.
This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016. The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.
MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations. The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.
The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program. The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed. Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.
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