HURLEY - The Iron County Health Department believes being active and having fun are closely linked in getting area kids healthier.
The department has been working to get kids active with its 100 Mile Club this summer.
On Friday, the effort peaks with the Show Your Colors 5K Fun Run in Hurley.
The enthusiastic race director explains the mission of Hurley's version.
"My get-up, I actually got the idea when I was at the color run. The only thing that would make this outfit better is if I were the unicorn," says Melissa DeCarlo, wearing a multi-colored tutu, a pink wig, and a tie-dye shirt. "It's all about having fun."
She believes kids will keep coming back to fun, active activities like running and other sports.
"Everybody can run. Everybody can get out there and be active. When I say run, I mean, as long as you're not calling a taxi and turning around and going home, you're running. It counts in my book," she says.
The Friday color run is in advance of Saturday's Paavo Nurmi Marathon in Hurley.
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.
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."
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 - 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.
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