RHINELANDER - This cute lion is also a water fountain.
It's cute, kids love it - but someone is making a hobby of trying to ruin it.
The Rhinelander Lions Club put the water fountain in at the Pioneer Park playground a month ago.
The fountain has been vandalized twice since then.
"Last time the drain was packed full of rocks and sand. Obviously in order to get the rocks past the screen that's in the drain, they had to have taken the drain apart from underneath to shove the rocks in and then put it back together," says Rhinelander Lions Club member Scott Campbell.
Rhinelander Lions Club members have been making the repairs.
But event those repairs have been targets for vandalism.
Club members moved the fountain from Hodag Park to Pioneer Park a month ago.
They even paid to have the 30-year-old drinking fountain refurbished.
"It's more frustration than anything because it's not available for the kids to use. It was put down here for the kids that are using the playground to be able to get a drink, especially on a day like this when it's going to be 90 degrees," adds Campbell.
The Lions Club hopes people who see anyone suspicious around the fountain will report it to the police.
We hope whoever has been vandalizing it gets a better hobby.
RHINELANDER - The new Oneida County Fair Coordinator wants to see the fair grow and get the community fully involved.
It's Tom Barnett's first year as fair coordinator and Saturday at Pat's Tavern in Rhinelander he hosted a fundraiser.
He said he didn't have a financial goal for Saturday's event, but says every dollar is more than they had before and makes a difference.
"We really want to bring the community into the fair. We want them to be involved a lot more. With the support from the community the sponsorship, it's only going to help the fair grow bigger and better. We need that sponsorship we need the support from the community to make the fair grown and make it more successful than it has been," said Barnett.
Pixy the Clown and Ms America were two of the many guests at the event. There was also food, drinks and raffles.
MADISON (AP) - Madison is ending its compost collection program because residents were putting too many non-compostable items in their carts and the city can't afford its own biodigester.
Bryan Johnson is the city's recycling coordinator. He tells The Wisconsin State Journal that ending the program will give officials time to study other options for collecting food scraps and other compostable materials.
The program currently has about 1,100 households and 40 businesses involved.
Johnson says separating non-compostable materials is a labor-intensive and slow process that requires additional water. The digester's operator, GL Dairy Biogas, charges a $200-per-ton fee to separate debris from compostable material.
Mayor Paul Soglin says he hopes the city can find ways to work with larger producers before integrating the process into the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District.
EAGLE RIVER - A week long workshop in Eagle River shows students they're not alone in their passion for nature. Kids from all over the Midwest arrived at the Trees for Tomorrow campsite for the first day of The Natural Resources Career Workshop.
Out of towners visit the Northwoods to escape noise, and enjoy some peace and quiet.
"I just like being out in nature instead of one of those people playing video games constantly," said 16-year-old Austin Shimeck.
The Natural Resources Career Workshop turned the benefits of visiting the Northwoods into a classroom.
"Giving them the experience that some of these students may not have had," said Trees for Tomorrow Coordinator Vernon Gentele.
High school students from all over the mid-west came to the camp to explore the unique environment.
MINOCQUA - In just a couple months, the democratic primary will decide which party candidate will run against Governor Scott Walker.
On Saturday, five of those candidates spent time in Minocqua answering citizen's questions at a candidate forum.
Mike, McCabe, Tony Evers, Matt Flynn, Kathleen Vinehout, and Dana Wachs were all in attendance. The forum had candidates answer audience questions on education, healthcare, the environment, and economy issues.
Organizer Jackie Cody said the event was a way to get people informed on each candidate before the democratic primary.
"At this particular point we need to have democrats, and independents, and those who are questioning what's going on with answers before the magic date of August 14th, and this provides people with information," said Cody.
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