RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Public Works Department will pick up leaves and brush a few weeks early this spring.
The warmer weather has meant that everything bagged has been lighter and easier to pick up, which has made the process of spring cleanup a little smoother.
"The lighter they are, the more we can compact them, the more we can carry on a truck, the less loads w'ere making, you know? The less labor it takes [and] the safer [it is]," said City of Rhinelander Street Superintendent Tony Gilman.
Gilman says there are a few steps residents should take to make the cleanup easier.
"They have to be in transparent bags, clear bags, [or] a light blue see-through bag," Gilman says. "[The leaves] cannot be in dark-colored bags that we can't see in them. We don't know [if] there's garbage or debris in there."
The cut ends of brush should also be facing the same direction.
"We would like everybody to have their stuff out there May 1, and then we know from now until then we should have the whole city picked clean at least one or two times," said Gilman.
If anyone misses the deadline, they will have to bring the waste to the Oneida County Landfill.
The city is also working with the county to slow the spread of invasive species by separating buckthorn, exotic honeysuckle, and Japanese knotweed.
To schedule a pickup of invasive plants, you can call Rhinelander's Public Works Department at 715-369-4727. For help identifying those invasive plants, you can call 715-369-7835.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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