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.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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