TOMAHAWK - You will soon be able to bike your way from Tomahawk to Minocqua using just a single trail.
The Bearskin and Hiawatha Trails in Tomahawk are merging.
The two long-standing trails are separated by a six mile stretch to help connect the two paths. Now, construction has started on that stretch to help connect the two paths.
The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce says the completed trail will be a huge value to their local economy.
"This kind of trail development in other communities has worked really well," says Jim Wise with the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce. "It's been a real boon to bed and breakfasts, lodging, recreation, rentals. So we're hoping that'll be the case when we connect the Bearskin and Hiawatha."
Chamber of Commerce officials also say the full trail will be a perfect destination all year long.
"The trail has a lot of advantages that can be used year-round," says Wise. "It's good for bicycling and hiking in the summer months, and snowmobiling in the winter months. So you have these two different economies working together on the same trail route, so it gets used a lot."
The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce hopes to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the finished path on August 23rd.
"We'd like to involve all the local bike shops, all the local chambers, the runner groups or bicycle groups to all meet here that day, come from all the various communities, and we'll have a bit of a party and a ribbon-cutting," says Wise. The full trail will run an estimated 31 miles long when construction is completed.
The Boulder Junction Town Board voted two to one Tuesday night to move forward with a town plaza plan. The plan will now go to a design phase.
The board estimated the cost of the design phase to be between $30,000 to $50,000, but it was dropped to about $25,000 at the meeting.
Town Chairman Dennis Reuss and Town Supervisor Dennis Duke voted in favor, with Town Supervisor Denny McGann voting against the plan.
A little more than $1 million may not seem like a lot of money to a city like Madison or Milwaukee. But for a town of fewer than one thousand people, it's a lot. The Boulder Junction Town Board could vote Tuesday whether or not to move onto the next phase of a $1.26 million town plaza project.
Dennis Duke has a vision of what Boulder Junction could look like in a few years.
"This one has a much more artistic flair, this has a more engineering flair if you will," said Duke while looking at potential design plans.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
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