RHINELANDER - Neighbors of a proposed halfway house in Rhinelander packed City Hall this week to oppose the project.
Their advocacy was effective.
A city commission recommended the City Council deny a private agency's ability to set up the house.
It would serve recovering ex-convicts.
But some others point out the good things a halfway house could provide.
Tony Fralick has worked at Community House in Rhinelander for three years.
It's a different kind of halfway house - serving people with mental illnesses instead of ex-convicts with drug and alcohol problems.
But like the proposed house on Phillip Street, there was plenty of skepticism about Community House in the beginning.
People worried about their new neighbors, their own safety, and property values.
That was in the late 1980s.
"A lot of our guys and women in Community House go in the community every day. You wouldn't even know it. We haven't had any problems with the neighbors since. People just accept it. They're like, hey, they do good work there," Fralick says.
Opponents are concerned the new halfway house would be near their homes, a city park, and a school bus stop.
Fralick doesn't live in that neighborhood.
But he thinks the chance for people to do GOOD outweighs their concerns.
"I understand their concerns, and their safety, and their stuff, and their homes, and everything. That's fine. I'd feel the same way. But at the end of the day it's about making a difference. It's about helping people. It's about second chances. We all deserve one," Fralick says.
The city's Planning Commission rejected the idea on Wednesday.
But nothing is decided just yet.
The City Council will have the final say on April 14th.
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."
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.
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