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Water main break in RhinelanderSubmitted: 04/14/2014
Water main break in Rhinelander
Story By Lauren Stephenson

RHINELANDER - Rhinelander water crews think the spring thaw caused a water main break early Sunday morning.

It happened near the Burger King by the intersection of Lincoln Street and South Oneida Avenue.

The water department says businesses and homes in the area did not and will not lose water service.

That's because the valve that broke is isolated.

Crews spent Monday making the repairs.

They had to close down a portion of South Oneida Avenue to do so.

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First Supply in Rhinelander hosted its 4th annual Chili for Charity.

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RHINELANDER - You hear bells ringing every year around this time when local Salvation Army organizations bring out their kettles.

People spread the holiday spirit by donating, but this year they may not be donating enough.

Phil Luell's came to Rhinelander Monday to help gather donations. He's normally in Tomahawk as the chairman of Tomahawk's Salvation Army, but Rhinelander's been needing more volunteers and donations. 

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TOMAHAWK - After a bitterly cold November, road crews in Tomahawk enjoyed a warm up on Monday. But temperatures shifting above and below freezing this week will create perfect conditions for a lot more work. John Cole is the Director of Public Works for the City of Tomahawk. He says that pothole issues are something that his crew fights all season long.

"It's job security, it's not a good job security, but it is job security for sure because you always have potholes to fill," said Cole. "When you get that expansion and contraction, we get water in those cracks, and when you get the traffic and people driving on them."

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