RHINELANDER - Renovations to Mike Webster Stadium in Rhinelander will soon get underway.
Last week, the School District of Rhinelander's Capital Projects Committee got approval for their preliminary plans for the stadium. They're looking to do many things.
One of the main projects they want to complete is to get the track fixed so the school can hold track meets again.
"The track surface is in disrepair," said Mike Roberts, chairman of the Capital Projects Committee. "Maintenance has been deferred due budget issues. We haven't been able to resurface the track for quite some time, until now."
The plan looks at the grand scheme of what the committee wants to do, but safety is the number one priority. That's why certain things will be taken care of before others.
"We need to do things to make it safe," said Roberts. "Make it so we can have track meets out there. And the school district has committed to spending that money. However, there's a lot of other work that we can do out there."
The school board approved the money for the lighting and track repairs. However, money for more improvements will need to come from other sources.
The lighting will get replaced starting August 25th. They're hoping to have it finished before the first home football game.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.
"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.
The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade. Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.
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