RHINELANDER - Some ball players hoping to make it to the bigs some day took the field at Hodag Park.
The Rhinelander traveling teams hosted the 7th annual Hodag Memorial Tournament.
Sixteen teams from the ages of 9-12 years old played this weekend.
There were several squads from the Northwoods, plus a few from the Wausau area.
Being part of a traveling team gives the kids the chance to play competitive baseball, at a young age. The Rhinelander teams have started to see success over the last few years.
At the 9 and under level, Antigo took first. For the 10 under, Rhinelander won the championship game. At the 11 under, Northwoods out of Eagle River finished first and for the 12 under, Mosinee was the champ.
WABENO - Wabeno prides itself on drawing more and more people to its small community. It's doing things like building new trails and coming up with new events.
This weekend, the town will host the first ever "Wabeno Art and Music Fest". People in Wabeno say they have a unique passion for the arts.
"The Wabeno Art and Music Fest, or WAM Fest, as we call it, is an outgrowth of the various art activities that have been burgeoning here in Wabeno over the last number of years," said Tim Friesen, a coordinator of the event.
WAUSAU - The name sounds scarier than most of the symptoms would suggest, but doctors take West Nile virus seriously.
This week, a dead crow in Marathon County tested positive for West Nile. The Marathon County Health Department reported the discovery Monday. Counties look mainly at crows, blue jays, and ravens to find the virus. It is spread mostly through mosquito bites.
PARK FALLS - Filling a downtown with businesses doesn't just happen overnight. Leaders in Park Falls found that out over the past six years, but slowly they're making progress. This year, the Park Falls Downtown Beautification Committee finished a plan to improve downtown.
"It's a very dedicated group, small group of people that just kept at it and at it and at it over the last six years until we came to the finished product," says committee chair Laurie Wagner.
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