MINOCQUA - Another Northwoods community hopes to make itself better known.
Lake Tomahawk joined the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce.
Lake Tomahawk is the newest member of the Chamber, which includes Minocqua, Woodruff, and Arbor Vitae.
The community will now tap into the Minocqua Area Chamber's ability to sell the Northwoods.
"Our marketing efforts reach far beyond this area, primarily to the southern part of the state and Northern Illinois. We wanted to let them be a part of that because they by themselves were not able to do that," says Kim Baltus, the Minocqua Area Chamber Executive Director.
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board unanimously approved joining the chamber.
It means visitors to the area will pay a little more for hotel rooms.
The room tax will be slightly higher.
The Minocqua Area Chamber plans to promote the natural beauty of Lake Tomahawk, and, of course, snowshoe baseball.
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.
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.
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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