RHINELANDER - Hundreds of people ran for their lives in Rhinelander this morning. Well, actually they just took part in the Hodag Run For Your Life 5 and 10 K.
It was the 7th year of the race and a record 456 runners hit the streets. The run is hosted by the YMCA of the Northwoods.
Since the start of the event, over 14 thousand dollars has been raised for the Y, with part of those funds going toward the Strong Kids campaign.
A couple of our Newswatch 12'ers were on hand as well. Hayley Tenpas and Lyndsey Stemm were chasing each other.
But lucky for them, they didn't have to chase this guy! Kids from one to twelve years old had the chance to run after the Hodag. They followed him all the way around the courthouse and got in a good workout.
Grandpa Hodag was also there for the youngsters. How cute is this? Everyone had a great time and were glad to see the Hodags come out of hiding.
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.
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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