RHINELANDER - The School District of Rhinelander will now run the Aspirus Community Fitness Center.
The school district held its grand opening Monday.
The center has been open for two years now, but it was the YMCA of the Northwoods, not the school district, that ran it.
"We had a three-year contract with [the] YMCA. We were year number two with the YMCA. And that contract was terminated effective August 18," says Director of Business Services Marta Kwiatkowski. "Aspirus has donated money. Therefore, their name is on the wall and you know they have the naming rights for the fitness center."
During the school year, the fitness center is open before and after school Monday through Friday. They also have hours on Saturday morning.
School leaders think the center has a lot to offer the community.
"I think we're really unique, and no other place in town can offer what we offer. We have trained fitness coaches on staff to be able to help people with equipment and exercise routine," says Kwiatkowski. "We're going to have [a] personal trainer on staff and athletic trainer. There's no other gym in town that has an athletic trainer."
It costs $15 a month for one person to use the fitness center. It costs $25 a month for a family to sign up.
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."
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.
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