RHINELANDER - People who want a softball complex behind Rhinelander high school recently moved one step closer to getting their wish.
Last week, the School District's Special Projects Committee approved a plan to build that complex.
Two softball fields will be placed near Mike Webster stadium behind the high school.
The Hodags varsity softball team currently practices and plays at Pioneer Park across town.
Rhinelander activities director Brian Paulson said that location will be perfect because it's so close to the new concession stand.
"Making everything in one location around a building that our building trades kids are putting together with our partners in the community. What a great asset to have, just to have one complex here for everybody to come to for Rhinelander athletics," said Paulson.
Paulson said based on funding, construction could start this fall.
After a years of construction, Rhinelander High School will also finally have access to a finished Mike Webster Stadium.
The stadium hosts Rhinelander football and soccer games as well as track meets.
Updates to the field and track have been completed and will be ready for use this fall sports season.
Paulson said improving the drainage inside the stadium was a big part of the recent construction.
"Stage two of the football and soccer field was to raise the infield. There's been a lot of sand put in and the top soil put back over. We have drainage all around there now," said Paulson.
More construction needs to be finished on the new bathroom and concession stand building near the stadium.
Paulson said Rhinelander will host the boys soccer sectional final this fall.
FLORENCE COUNTY - Two high school students died in a car crash early Friday morning in Florence County. The wreck happened at around 6:20 a.m. according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
The vehicle was traveling north on County Highway N in the Commonwealth Township, when the driver lost control while making a turn. The vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway, and hit a tree, bursting into flames upon impact.
The names and ages of the Florence High School students will be released after notifications are made.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander group working to maintain recreational trails in the area got some help in their mission. The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association received grants to help fund its various projects.
The group got two DNR Recreational Trail Act Grants totaled at a little more than $13,000. The WPS Foundation also gave a total of $1,800 in grants. The grant money will be used to help with multiple projects.
One project is to construct a boardwalk over the wetlands of the Cassian Cross County Ski Trail. RASTA is also going to construct a new ski trail at Washburn.
For more information on all of RASTA's projects, visit their Facebook page lined below.
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