TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk's Chris Loehmer Kincaid always wanted to be an author.
But even more, she always wanted to help people in a third world country.
Kincaid want on a mission trip to Kenya in 2006.
There she experienced poverty, widespread disease, and tough living conditions.
"There was this little girl, maybe 8 or 10 years old, this skinny little thing, stark naked, she's got this dirty rag and little bucket, and she's got water in there, and she's trying to wash herself. It's like, oh, it really pulled at my heart because, how can people live like that?" thinks Kincaid.
Even so, Kincaid was surprised to find how happy and grateful people were for their lives.
Seeing how some Kenyans lived changed her outlook.
"They don't realize there's a whole nother world out there. They don't realize what they're even missing. So I think I really brought that home, and I really do appreciate everything more that I have," Kincaid says.
Kincaid started writing about her thoughts and experience in a blog.
Soon after, she started writing a book.
"This is the first book that I've written. I've always wanted to be a writer," she says.
It's called, "A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven".
The book discusses Kincaid's African trip and the inspiration she drew from God for the journey.
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."
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.
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