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List of warming centers open to the publicSubmitted: 01/05/2014
Story By Lauren Stephenson

ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Here's a list of warming centers available in our area.

We suggest you call ahead for their hours of operation.

ONEIDA AND VILAS

Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital
201 Hospital Rd., Eagle River
(715) 479-7411

Howard Young Medical Center
240 Maple St., Woodruff
(715) 356-8000

Lake of the Torches Resort Casino
510 Old Abe Rd., Lac du Flambeau
(715) 588-7070

Tribal Natural Resources Center
Lac du Flambeau reservation
(715) 588-3303

Trig's - Eagle River
925 East Wall St.
(715) 479-6411

Trig's – Minocqua
9750 Hwy 70 West
(715) 356-9456

Trig's - Rhinelander
232 S Courtney St.
(715) 369-1470

Walmart - Minocqua
8760 Northridge Way
(715) 356-1609

Walmart - Rhinelander
2121 Lincoln St.
(715) 362-8550

YMCA of the Northwoods
2003 E. Winnebago Street
(715) 362-9622


LINCOLN CO.

Nelson's County Market
662 N 4th St., Tomahawk
(715) 453-2174

Tomahawk Public Library
300 W Lincoln Ave.
(715) 453-2455

Tomahawk Senior Center
113 S Tomahawk Ave.
(715) 453-5757

Tomahawk City Hall
23 N 2nd St.
(715) 453-4040

T. B. Scott Library
106 W 1st St, Merrill
(715) 536-7191


MARATHON CO.

Marathon Co. Public Library –Wausau
300 N 1st St., Wausau
(715) 261-7200

Marathon Co. Public Library –Athens
221 Caroline St., Athens
(715) 257-7292

Marathon Co. Public Library –Edgar
224 S 3rd Ave., Edgar
(715) 352-3155

Marathon Co. Public Library –Hatley
435 Curtis Ave., Hatley
(715) 446-3537

Marathon Co. Public Library –Marathon City
515 Washington St. , Marathon City
(715) 443-2775

Marathon Co. Public Library –Mosinee
123 Main St. , Mosinee
(715) 693-2144

Marathon Co. Public Library –Rothschild
211 Grand Ave., Rothschild
(715) 359-6208

Marathon Co. Public Library –Spencer
105 Park St., Spencer
(715) 659-3996

Marathon Co. Public Library –Stratford
400 N 4th Ave., Stratford
(715) 687-4420

Salvation Army
202 Callon St., Wausau
(715) 845-4272

Catholic Charities Community Warming Center
540 S 3rd Ave., Wausau
(715) 849-3311


PORTAGE CO.

Portage Co. Health & Human Services
817 Whiting Ave., Stevens Point
(715) 345-5350

Portage Co. Public Library
1001 Main St., Stevens Point
(715) 346-1544

Salvation Army
1600 Briggs St., Stevens Point
(715) 341-2437

Stevens Point Recreation Center
2442 Sims Ave., Stevens Point
(715) 346-1536

Lettie Jensen Community Center
487 North Main St., Amherst
(715) 498-5012

Kennedy Elementary School
616 West Second St., Junction City
(715) 345-5433

Rosholt Public Library
137 North Main St., Rosholt
(715) 677-4510

Village of Almond Municipal Center
122 Main St., Almond
715-366-8171

Village of Plover Municipal Center
2400 Post Rd., Plover
715-345-5252


FOREST CO.

New Hope Shelter
601 N Summit Ave., Crandon
(715) 478-3669

Thank you to United Way of Marathon County for some of the information.

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In fact, Saturday night's bad weather couldn't have picked a worse time for thousands of people to set up camp at the Crandon Race Track.

"We were holding onto the awning last night," said Keegan Kincaid, a racer from Crandon. ."It was pouring."

"Our canopy [got] rained [on] so much we had to keep pushing it up so it wouldn't collapse," said Paul Posbrig, a fan from Green Bay.

"It was coming in all over," said Jessie Braden, a fan from Richfield.

But for Crandon fans, the rain certainly didn't dampen the weekend.

"But we made the best of it," said Braden, who comes to Crandon every summer for the Brush Run.

"We had a canopy at one point and put up tarps on the walls as we got downpoured on and it was all windy," Braden said. "If we're going camping, it's going to rain!"

The fans also got their fair share of noise because the rain didn't really affect the race schedule.

"We just had to wait a little bit longer before we could put crews out on the track," said the raceway's announcer, Dave Mullins. "So needed it to dry off a little bit first. But really it was only about a half hour."

But it certainly changed the racers' strategy.

"And so you'll see a lot of changes in trucks and driving styles," Kincaid said.
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But Crandon's track is pretty resilient.

"Most tracks we wouldn't be able to race on it the next day, but Crandon has a lot of clay," Kincaid said.

"Because this is a clay track, it doesn't absorb the water as much, it makes it more like a mud pit," Mullins said.

Sunday's nice weather quickly brought the track's conditions back to normal.

"I thought we were going to be racing in the mud, but turns out because of the sun and wind we're actually going back to our setup we had yesterday," Luyendyk, Jr., said. 

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Several different agencies responded, including Canadian National Railroad investigators.

Crews took the man to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, and they took the woman to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau where she later died.

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