EAGLE RIVER - Most people expect some sun and warm weather in early April, but we don't always get that lucky in the Northwoods.
And that doesn't help workers dealing with frozen pipes.
Some utility companies are still asking customers to run water to prevent frozen pipes.
Customers in Eagle River have been running water since the first week of February.
Meaning the city has gone through a lot of water.
"In February and March we're pumping about what we do in July and August. Somewhere between 250-300 thousand gallons a day. Normally this time of the year is our slower time. Sometimes we don't go through much over 100 thousand in a day," says Patrick Weber, Eagle River Light and Water Manager.
Customers aren't being charged for running the extra water, they're being charged the same amount they paid in January.
Customers could be running water until the end of April.
Utility workers say customers have been cooperative.
"They've been very understanding. Some of them are starting to get a little antsy. Especially when it gets warm out. They think that it's safe, can we turn it off yet?" says Weber.
The city will let people know when they can stop running water.
WABENO - Wabeno prides itself on drawing more and more people to its small community. It's doing things like building new trails and coming up with new events.
This weekend, the town will host the first ever "Wabeno Art and Music Fest". People in Wabeno say they have a unique passion for the arts.
"The Wabeno Art and Music Fest, or WAM Fest, as we call it, is an outgrowth of the various art activities that have been burgeoning here in Wabeno over the last number of years," said Tim Friesen, a coordinator of the event.
WAUSAU - The name sounds scarier than most of the symptoms would suggest, but doctors take West Nile virus seriously.
This week, a dead crow in Marathon County tested positive for West Nile. The Marathon County Health Department reported the discovery Monday. Counties look mainly at crows, blue jays, and ravens to find the virus. It is spread mostly through mosquito bites.
PARK FALLS - Filling a downtown with businesses doesn't just happen overnight. Leaders in Park Falls found that out over the past six years, but slowly they're making progress. This year, the Park Falls Downtown Beautification Committee finished a plan to improve downtown.
"It's a very dedicated group, small group of people that just kept at it and at it and at it over the last six years until we came to the finished product," says committee chair Laurie Wagner.
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