MERRILL - The Community Room at the T.B. Scott Free Library in Merrill now features nothing more than a dirt floor.
A pipe break on a frigid day this winter spilled water and forced workers to strip out the floor.
The room will take months to repair, but in the meantime, will impact next month's elections.
The library is a city of Merrill polling place. Voters usually going there will instead vote at City Hall.
"We have two polling places here already, two districts, I should say. Adding two is a possibility. I think we can do it," said Merrill City Clerk Bill Heideman.
Heideman admits he wishes the city didn't have to make the change.
"I think voters are creatures of habit. They're used to going to one place," he said. "People are used to going where they have voted for a number of years now."
The library will have to handle repairs with care.
"This is part of the original 1911 Carnegie building, and this is our largest meeting room space that we have," said library director Stacy Stevens. "Anything that happens in this historic part of the building, because the 1911 building is on the National Historic Register, it requires that we go through the State Historical Society for any remodeling to make sure it's done correctly."
Stevens expects repairs to be complete by late summer or early fall.
RHINELANDER - A man died near the entrance of Nicolet College in Rhinelander on Thursday afternoon.
Neither the campus nor the public were in danger, according to the Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office. Due to the circumstances of the man's death, Newswatch 12 is not releasing more information, but there appears to be nothing suspicious about the death.
Police got a report at 3:55 p.m. about a man lying face down near the entry drive to Nicolet College. Emergency responders took him to St. Mary's Hospital, but he died.
The Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office, Rhinelander Fire Department, Pelican First Responders, and Oneida Co. Medical Examiner's Office were involved in the response.
ARBOR VITAE - Do you know where your food comes from? Kindergarteners at Arbor Vitae-Woodruff elementary do. They have been growing their own fruits and vegetables all year. On Thursday, their work culminated in a final celebration as part of the first-ever Wisconsin School Garden Day.
Each kindergartner was partnered with a fifth grader to help them with planting and weeding.
Organizer Adriane Morabito said it is important for young people to know where their food comes from.
"It teaches them important skills like empathy, compassionate, and kindness," said Morabito. "It also helps them eat healthy."
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