RHINELANDER - Natural beauty surrounds us here in the Northwoods.
But living in a way that supports that natural beauty might seem tricky.
People who live in cities may have more access to sustainable, earth-friendly resources.
But there's plenty of that here in Rhinelander.
Monday was the third Sustainability Fair in Rhinelander, first in the new ArtStart building, and it was by far the biggest yet.
27 vendors, food, and music help show that people can live an earth-friendly life here in the Northwoods.
"There are sustainable services. You don't have to go to Madison, you don't have to go to California. There really are people up here that are providing services. We wanted to bring people together, both the providers and the possible consumers," a coordinator of the fair.
One of those providers is Rich Urban.
He evaluates houses to help with more efficient energy use.
"One of the things I try to bring into the discussion is the environmental aspects of their energy bill, their energy usage, and how that impacts the larger world," he says.
The event this year was the highest attended of the three years.
ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.
Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.
RHINELANDER - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge. The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.
Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather. Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.
This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016. The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.
MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations. The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.
The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program. The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed. Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. and By Request Web Designs shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.