PARK FALLS - Cold temperatures outside means people are taking exercise inside.
But Park Falls is struggling to re-open their pool for the winter season.
Funding for the Chequamegon High School pool is gone because an operations referendum failed in April.
But the community is rallying to save it.
“I’m an adapted PE teacher, and I love to take adapted students in here. It’s free movement for a lot of people, especially if they have limitations,” said Jane Gustafson, a member of the “Save the Chequamegon Pool” committee.
“It’s a strong community and student resource,” said Dave Anderson, Chequamegon superintendent. “One of the things we’ll be trying to promote is a lifelong fitness practices with our students.”
That’s tough to do when you have to shut down the pool.
“A lot of people were so concerned and wanted to do something to help, but nobody knew where to begin,” Gustafson said.
She got together with about ten others to raise enough money to keep the pool open.
It costs about $1800 a month to keep it running. The committee has raised $6,000 so far, so they’ll need more to keep it open through April, when it normally closes for the summer.
“We’re in it for the long haul, and we’re going to continue to fundraise and do what we need to do to keep it afloat, this year and the coming years,” Gustafson said.
“My hope is that they succeed. My hope is that they raise the funds and that we’re able to keep the pool open for the benefit of our kids and our community,” Anderson said.
With the money the committee has raised so far, the pool will stay open until January, but they’re hoping more people will donate and attend their monthly fundraisers.
More information is available on their Facebook page.
Police believe they made the right choice handling a report of gunmen near a high school in Wausau Tuesday night.
They found out the gunmen were actually six kids playing a game with toy Nerf guns.
Police eventually ended up giving the high school seniors disorderly conduct tickets.
Some people thought the tickets were excessive, but in a press release in released Thursday by the Wausau Police Department said they "believed there was a serious, potentially life threatening situation".
Someone called the Wausau police around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The person said there were people pointing guns at other people in a car.
Police say they handled the situation different than a traffic stop because of the seriousness of the call.
After police got all the seniors out of the car, they saw the nerf guns.
The teens got the disorderly conduct citations because police say they caused a disruption in the neighborhood.
Leaders at Wausau West High School said in a statement that there's "potential in a game like this for negative consequences."
Some of the students have also been placed on athletic probation.
Six kids got tickets after a battle using toy Nerf guns in Wausau.
Police issued disorderly conduct citations to the high school seniors.
Some residents of Wausau called police when they saw the young people pointing a gun at a car Tuesday night.
But, it was only a toy Nerf gun that shoots foam bullets.
Wausau West High School officials have also placed some students on athletic probation.
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