- Only about 700 people live in Prentice.
You may not think a small community like it would need an airport.
But local businesses depend on the Prentice Airport to bring in potential customers.
Pilots need clear markings on the runway to fly in safely.
Crews started repainting the pavement markings at the airport Tuesday.
The airport is one of five in the state to get part of a $100,000 federal grant to pay for the project.
The grant is paid for by an aviation fuel tax and a ticket tax.
The project won't cost the Village of Prentice or Price County.
The airport's manager says the repainting was needed.
"Ultraviolet rays really raise havoc with blacktop and the cracked sealant and the paint on the runway, itself. Like I said, it's been many years since this airport has been painted," said Prentice Airport Manager Dale Heikkinen.
They don't keep track of how many people use the airport.
But it has been a major draw for businesses.
The airport has been the deciding factor for some companies to open in Prentice.
"They were looking between northern Wisconsin and multiple communities. 'It was your airport. We were able to come in, do the engineering, get the site prepped and get the work done,'" Heikkinen said of his conversations with company executives.
The Prentice Airport was the only one in Northcentral Wisconsin to get the money.
|Story By: Lauren Stephenson