LAKE TOMAHAWK - Fire crews will look into what caused a house fire this morning in Lake Tomahawk.
A passerby called police around 7:30 AM when they saw smoke coming out of a house. The home is on Fawn Lake Road just off Highway 47.
"It was venting out the one window and going up the wall, but we had a real good initial knockdown and control until we were able to get the people here to take care of it. It was actually on two floors; both in the basement and the first floor. It tried to extend into the second, but it stopped," says Lake Tomahawk Fire Chief Doug Rehm.
Nobody was in the house at the time.
Crews had the fire under control after about 20 minutes, and were able to start packing up around 9:15 AM. Dozens of firefighters were on hand from Lake Tomahawk, Newbold, Pine Lake and Rhinelander.
The fire started near a bathroom but the cause is still under investigation.
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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