SUGAR CAMP - On Saturday, Eagle River derby Track will be hosting the Northwoods Combat Challenge.
Several mixed Martial Artists from Sixel's Fight Club out of Sugar Camp will be competing.
It will feature a Border Battle Competition between fighters from Wisconsin and Michigan. 9 fights in the series.
In the main event, Stef Schneider of Sugar Camp will face Missy Pontbriand of Michigan.
Proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards Stef's animal rescue group. It's called, It Matters to One Animal Rescue.
"I go to California and rescue animals off the euthenasia list," Schneider explains. "Anything that's getting put down that day because of over-population. I bring them back here and put them up for adoption after they are fixed and vacinated. May 1 was my one year mark. We brought back more than 200 dogs back at this point."
She hopes to raise $3000.
This is the second time, the Derby Track has held the Combat Challenge. Back in March, the expo hall had hundreds of fans enjoying the action.
Right away, track organizers saw this as the start of something big.
"March was unbelievable," Eagle River Deby Track Chief Operations Officer Steve Decker adds. "We could not believe the turnout we had. We're starting a new tradition with the Wisconsin-Michigan fighters. We got an awesome trophy. We also have Friday night weigh-ins. People can sumo-wrestle for free tickets. We're trying to make it an all-day and evening event."
"Most are from (the Sugar Camp area)," Dave Sixel of Sixel's Fight Club said. "My son has some from his gym in Stevens Point coming up for team Wisconsin. We have scattered athletes from Wisconsin competing against athletes from all over Michigan."
Action at Eagle River Derby Track begins at 10am Saturday morning. The final bouts get underway at 6pm Saturday night.
There will be fireworks and live music immediately after the last bout - to complete a whole day of fun.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
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