RHINELANDER - The School District of Rhinelander made a record-breaking investment last year and they are beginning to see the finished product.
"We're actually looking to have the dome inflated at the beginning of October," said Brian Paulson, Rhinelander activities director. "So one big step was getting the turf company here and laying the turf. They'll be gone already by the end of this week."
The project is currently on time and should be complete by the beginning of November, but delays are possible.
"You just never know with the rain, getting everything here, we're on track for things coming," said Paulson. "You just never know when there could be delays especially with COVID-19."
While the dome will be utilized by Rhinelander's athletic programs, Paulson wants people to know that it is much more than that.
"This project is gonna be enormous for the community," said Paulson. "Some people might think it's the sports dome and that's what they're going to have in there, but there's so much for the community to do in there."
He also believes that the dome will positively impact local businesses.
"When people come to our tournaments for athletics they're going to be staying at our motels overnight," said Paulson. "They're going to be eating at our local restaurants. It's just going to be a huge asset for the community."
And none of it would have been possible if it wasn't for all the help from the community.
"This project is going to be unbelievable," said Paulson. "There are so many people to thank for the project and then at the end all the rest of the donors that have given. Thank you so much. We're so appreciative."
WASHINGTON - Spotify and the makers of Fortnite and Tinder are taking on Apple and Google as part of a newly formed coalition calling for "fair treatment" in the way the tech giants run their app stores.
MERRILL - Grampa's Farm in Merrill like a lot of businesses have had to adapt because of COVID.
"We've expanded our hours and we've expanded our play areas to include more things and outdoor space," said Jered Severt, operator at Grampa's Farm.
But change is something that Severt and his family are used to.
"The dairy industry just wasn't working out for the smaller farmer," Severt said.
Severt and his family have had their barn for over 100 years.
"When I was born I came back to this farm," Severt said. "When my father was born he came back to this farm. My grandfather and his father and the previous father have all worked the soil here and have been a part of Grampa's Farm."
And without all the help from his family and friends, he knows none of this would be possible.
"It still continues to be family run but friends and neighbors," Severt said. "A lot of people working together to make this happen for a lot of other people."
For more information on Grampa's Farm check out their website.
- Park Falls Police Department is investigating two incidents when a man approached middle school boys earlier this month. It's an incident that the City of Park Falls Chief Jerome Ernst says he has not experienced in the last 30 years.
"This type of report is very rare for us, but you see these types of things happen. You now all over the place, Park Falls is not exempt.," Ernst said.
Ernst says back on September 8th, a middle school cross country runner was approached by a man after his practice near Chequamegon High School in Park Falls. The man told the boy that he was from 'Up North', and was asking for help to find the hospital. The second incident occurred on September 16th, when a man matching a similar description was seen on Saunders Avenue in Park Falls near Hines Park. When he approached two boys who were also in Middle School.
"The person only stated 'Do you want to race', and the kid just kinda ignored him, because he is a stranger, and he wasn't comfortable about it," Ernst said. "The other child however, tells us that the person said, 'Do you want to race me to my house. If you win I'll give you some prize or treats', Something like that," Ernst said. Then last Friday a man matching a similar description was also seen in Wausau. According to a Facebook post and video posted online, he was accused of watching a group of girls. "The description of the individual, looks a little bit like the person in the video. Although it's hard to tell because the videos are a little bit shaded and dark. The vehicle is definitely not the same like it is in Park Falls," Ernst said. However, Park Falls and Wausau Police Department are partnering up to see if the incidents may be connected. Even if the cases are not connected, Ernst says it's a good reminder of stranger danger. "If you are going out to play or do things or walk over to the park, stay in groups with your trusted friends or family. Talk to them about stranger danger. Not to immediately trust, a new person or strange person," Ernst said.
MADISON - A federal judge said Wednesday that he won't rule before the election on a lawsuit that challenged a state law requiring college student IDs to have an expiration date in order for them to be used as a voter's ID.
MADISON - The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature on Wednesday appealed a federal court ruling that allows for absentee ballots to be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election in the battleground state.
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