RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's new mayor wants to turn his city into "the best city in America." It's tough to quantify or gauge that ambitious goal, but Chris Frederickson thinks a curbside appeal project could be a great first step and it's all about using people's desire to compete.
Frederickson launched his Civic Pride Curbside Appeal Contest this week. The mayor will find 10 homeowners along River Street -- one of the busier streets in town -- willing to have their lawns groomed, primped, and prettied for free. Homeowners need to sign an easement agreement with the city to allow the work and contest to happen on their properties.
Frederickson will then pair off competitors into five groups of similar backgrounds (i.e. banks vs. banks, dentists vs. doctors, police vs. firefighters) to actually do the yard work. Frederickson says competing groups can decide what features they want to include and how much money to spend.
"It's up to them, completely," Frederickson said. "So, hopefully the competitive juices get flowing and we rock it out of the park."
Frederickson's plan comes after the city started boosting its nuisance property ordinance enforcement in recent years. But the mayor says this has nothing to do with eyesores. Instead, he just wants to see Rhinelander take pride in its appearance.
"It's not necessarily made to say, this property needed to be cleaned up. It has to do with what can we do to make it better? Period point blank," Frederickson said.
Frederickson came up with the idea from his parents, who he says always worked in their gardens at home and shared ideas with neighbors. The mayor says Governor Walker's office staff has talked to him about sharing the idea with other communities.
"I think everyone understands competition, everybody understands how that pushes a little bit harder and it creates something, creates that positive movement," Frederickson said.
A panel of judges will choose a winner Labor Day weekend. Frederickson would like to see how the contest goes this summer, then expand it in future years.
Frederickson is still looking for a few competitors to sign up. You can contact the mayor's office at 715-365-8600 for more info.
RHINELANDER - It's easy to slip on ice, skid on roads, or get stuck in the snow.
One thing that also happens is joint pain from common winter activities.
Shoveling heavy snow is one of the biggest problems Rhinelander Chiropractor Dr. Tony Lowenberg sees causing this pain.
He said shoveling is a physical activity that can cause excessive stress on the body; especially for people who don't lift heavy often.
"Lifting and the twisting creates wear and tear on their body. Then [people] feel it as pain and then their muscles get tight because they are not used to lifting stuff," said Dr. Lowenberg. "It's more people that are not used a physical job, shoveling can be [troublesome]."
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."
In Tomahawk, Cole sends crews out every week to look for potholes and fill them. He also sends out crews whenever they get a call about a bad pothole.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander student made it onto her school bus and to class unhurt last Tuesday, but she almost didn't. A recent close call left Bowen Bus Service employees wondering if Rhinelander will be the next to see a student killed while simply trying to get to and from school.
On Hwy 8 last week a student was nearly hit by a truck at her bus stop, leaving the bus driver in disbelief. In a surveillance video from the bus, you can hear the bus driver say "That car like just missed you. That truck just missed her."
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