LAC DU FLAMBEAU - All students at the Lac du Flambeau Public School will get breakfast and lunch for free this year. A federal program will reimburse the school for all free meals given to students.
The program is called the Community Eligibility Provision. It's part of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Schools can participate in the Community Eligibility Provision if they have a high poverty rate.
Ninety percent of Lac du Flambeau Public School students already got free meals last year. Twenty-three students needed to pay a reduced price and 25 needed to pay full price.
School leaders think it's not always easy to pay for school meals, especially since the price goes up ten cents every year. The price for a school lunch last year was $1.80.
School leaders believe this program will help out a lot of families.
"It's going to mean more money for families to spend on things that are needed," said Lac du Flambeau district superintendent Larry Ouimette. "They can spend that money on food for home, school supplies, clothes, and those types of things."
School leaders think this program will make sure all students eat healthy meals to give them energy at school. They think the school will also benefit from the program.
"It's a four-year program, which means we won't have to apply for it again next year. We know that program will be in place for us. That helps us budget for our school district and makes it a little bit easier," said Ouimette.
The Lac du Flambeau Public School will also be using a new food provider this year. School leaders hope these changes will help students eat more nutritious food.
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.
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.
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