RHINELANDER - Yesterday we told you that placing straw over your septic tank can keep it from freezing. Many of you must've listened. Today, a Rhinelander store sold through the bails of straw quickly.
Farmers Feed Store has struggled to keep up with the demand for straw today. Homeowner's crowded in the store, hoping to buy straw for their septics. The owner ordered 5 loads of straw, including one for after hours. By day's end she sold about 500 bails of straw.
"Within ten or fifteen minutes, they're sold out. And then there's another two hour wait until the next load gets here," said Ramker.
Things got so busy, cars waited in two lines. If you come back tomorrow for straw there is something you'll want to keep in mind.
"It is first come, first serve. We are not doing any pre-buy just because it gets way too chaotic here to try to keep up with who purchased already and who did not," said Ramker.
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.
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."
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.
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