Cities still want people to run their water Submitted: 03/07/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray

TOMAHAWK - A few days of warm temperatures can make winter feel like it was long ago.

The warm break isn't long enough to stop pipes from freezing.

That's why many Northwoods cities want people to continue running their water.

Tomahawk and Rhinelander still want people to run a pencil stream of water 24/7.

That's to prevent pipes from freezing.

"Air temperature has nothing to do with the ground temperature. Typically we have five to six feet of frost on a bad winter," said Tomahawk Public Works director, Mike Tolvstad.

"Now we've got eight and half. The frost is down below. A lot of the water mains and sanitary sewers; they're just so susceptible to freezing."

They've had to thaw about 30 pipes in the past three weeks.

But their big concern is water main breaks.

"We're fortunate in the fact that we haven't had any main breaks. We're very very luck that way," Tolvstad said.

"So there hasn't been any repairs as of yet, however we do have some sections of water main that are frozen that there's no way for them to thaw."

Workers say they could find broken pipes in the spring.

But they haven't had to repair anything so far.

Laona just started telling people to run their water around the clock today.

The Sanitary District said they'll probably have to run their water until the end of this month.

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RHINELANDER - When you think of fundraisers, usually you think of selling candy or gift wrap, but one elementary school is getting more creative with the way they fundraise.

Pelican Elementary School in Rhinelander started their first ever 'Strut for Fund' fun run Wednesday.

Student's family and friends pledge money based on how many laps the kids run around the playground.

The school then gets to use that money.

Organizers say the support is overwhelming in its first year.

"We're really excited, having this be our first year with the amount of support we're seeing with parents who have shown up, and with the enthusiasm in the kids," says Strut for Fund Coordinator Katie Lindner. "I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all that they're doing to make this a success."

Students got an added treat to help encourage them.

The Hodag came out to help the kids get fired up.

"We had a pep rally [Tuesday]…and the kids were up out of their seats, yelling and cheering," says Lindner. "The Hodag was dancing with them, so they get really excited about it. I had one little boy that came up to me this morning and said 'This is the best day ever,' and was so excited."

Organizers also have other incentives for running like pizza parties and ice cream socials.

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