CONOVER - People in Conover and Phelps came together with an idea to connect the two communities by bike trail. Seven years later, the Great Headwaters Trail foundation can see the end of that trail.
Construction of the first 9 miles of the trail were completed this fall. The trail needs a little more than 2 miles until it's connected to Phelps.
"We knew people really had to have a vision for what the rest of this thing could be," said GHT President Jeff Currie. "Three miles out of 11 takes a lot of imagination. Now that we've got nine, I think it's not so hard to see what the final two could be like."
Currie thinks the last stretch will cost about $260,000. Some people from Conover and Phelps formed a $15,000 challenge fund to reach that goal.
All donations made to the trail before December 31 will be matched dollar for dollar.
"I can't resist saying it, but if major funders, in addition to a good appeal, give us that total, I think that we could be building that last two miles next summer," said Currie.
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.
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.
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