RHINELANDER - Organizers of a new event celebrating Rhinelander's logging history want big crowds this summer.
A new grant from the state could help them do that.
Leaders think they can pull people from as far away as the Twin Cities and southern Wisconsin for a new festival.
Hodag Park will host the first-ever Boom Lake Log Jam event in June.
The festival will celebrate Rhinelander's rich logging history.
Lumberjack competitions, live entertainment, and interactive stations should attract people to the Log Jam.
"We want to fill Hodag Park - boats on Boom Lake - and make this an event that people are going to look at every year and say, I can't wait until the Log Jam," says Rhinelander Chamber Executive Director Dana DeMet.
Wisconsin's Department of Tourism wants to see the event succeed, as well.
The agency will chip in $10,000 through what's called a Joint Effort Marketing grant.
"What that's going to allow us to do is target some markets in the southern part of the state as well as over toward the Twin Cities with TV and radio advertising, more specifically is what we'll be focusing on," says DeMet.
The inaugural Boom Lake Log Jam will be held June 20th through the 22nd at Hodag Park.
RHINELANDER - Voting polls opened for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Primary Election Tuesday.
However, election officials had mixed feelings about the number of voters showing up.
Election Official Patty Fitzpatrick worked at the Oneida County Department of Aging voting location. She saw a low number of voters, but she doesn't think that's because of weather.
"A lot of people view the election for judges as kind of a snooze, which is unfortunate because it really is important, because it's the judges who are upholding the law and making the law," said Fitzpatrick.
RHINELANDER - A Minocqua man pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge related to a child sexual assault case dating back nearly two years. Nathan Warbalow, 26, reached a plea deal with Oneida County prosecutors that will help him avoid a longer prison sentence and eliminated the need for a jury trial, set for this week.
Warbalow's victims, who were under the age of 13, told police he made a game of trying to pull his pants down in 2016. One victim told police Warbalow promised her a Popsicle if she touched his private parts.
RHINELANDER - If you paid attention to the Rhinelander Library's Facebook page Monday night, you would've seen a strange sight. Dozens of furry friends had a sleepover party at the library.
Kids dropped off their favorite stuffed animals, and could then watch what the animals were getting up to over Facebook. Library staff had plenty of activities for the animals including story time, snack time, and play time.
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