TOMAHAWK - Hundreds of people in Tomahawk could turn to unique music along one of the area's beautiful rivers Wednesday night.
It was the seventh annual Music on the River at Veterans Memorial Park.
Hip Pocket played on the pavilion. The old pavilion was rebuilt four years ago because it needed to be replaced and it was too small for bands to play on.
"We went from the air, kind of looked down on the site to see what we could put in in that area that was about the same size, but maybe a little better design and without disturbing any trees or anything else, we designed this pavilion to be here," said Music on the River Committee Member Andy Zastrow.
People donated $80,000 for the project in just four months.
Band members from Hip Pocket live across the Northwoods. The musical director says it's not easy to practice since band members are scattered.
"It's a challenge to get everybody together, but we designate a couple of nights, a month and we rehearse with part of the band one of the times and the full band the other times," said Musical director and trumpet player Patrick Phalen. "So it kind of works out that we're able to get everyone together. We meet in an essential location. It's not easy, but it works."
Their next concert will be in Antigo for Antigo's Music in the Park Thursday.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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