RHINELANDER - More than 29 thousand pounds of food will be distributed tonight at Grace Foursquare Church in Rhinelander.
Ruby's Pantry organizers want to make traffic runs smoothly.
The Oneida County Sheriff's department and the Highway department will help Ruby's Pantry to make sure Highway 17 is clear.
Last time Ruby's Pantry came to Rhinelander, traffic was backed up past Menards.
"The DOT put up a big sign out there by Menards saying Slow Traffic Ahead and things like that. We reconfigured how you can get into the parking lot so things are working much smoother tonight," said John Roe, of Ruby's Pantry.
Shuttle buses will be going to the Church from Menards to avoid too many cars from going through the parking lot.
With this new traffic management plan, Ruby's Pantry organizers expect a successful turnout.
"We packed our truck in Waupaca with 29,333 pounds of food and we are expecting 400 families to come through our lines today," said Roe.
Ruby's Pantry doesn't care if people have used another pantry or aren't considered low income.
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 - 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.
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.
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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