Phelps to welcome business incubatorSubmitted: 09/02/2014

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PHELPS - The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation will open a business incubator in Phelps.

New chairman Carl Ruedebusch bought a 9,000 square foot building.

It will give small businesses space to develop and share resources.

Leaders hope it will also bring some much needed businesses to the community.

"In order to grow and prosper they need to have a grocery store, a hardware store, a clinic, and we're hoping that any two of those three that we can get in this building will help them continue to grow," said Vilas County Business Incubators Project Manager Barry McLeane.

They hope to have the business incubator up and running by next spring.

The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation opened a business incubator in Eagle River three years ago.

Since then, it's opened one in Manitowish Waters and an industrial incubator in Eagle River.

It's helped about 15 businesses get started.

"The response has been unbelievable for us and we're so enthusiastic about going forward," McLeane added.

Leaders say they've already been speaking with people interested in opening their businesses in the Phelps incubator.

The Manitowish Waters incubator will host a grand re-opening to show off its new renovations this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The business incubator is located at 399 Hwy 51 in Manitowish Waters.

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Rhinelander Food Pantry needs volunteers to help move to new locationSubmitted: 09/02/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Food Pantry could use more volunteers to help move to their new location.

The pantry will move into the old Golden Harvest building.

But before they move they need to make some changes to the building.

One of those changes is building a new wall.

"It will separate the distribution area from the storage area," says Rhinelander Food Pantry volunteer Bill Vancos. "The distribution area will end up being about twice the size of what our current area is right now at the current location, so that'll be great. And then we'll also have the storage all on one level."

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RHS Varsity team prepares for Friday's game against Merrill, game will start 2 hours earlySubmitted: 09/02/2014

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's varsity football team didn't finish last Friday's game because of dangerous weather. Now, they'll run into a few more problems this Friday. Players will have to adjust to the new schedule. The game against Merrill will start at 5 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

Rhinelander's Varsity head coach says the team will adjust their preparation a bit. They'll have to get out of school earlier and eat earlier, but he won't accept any excuses for starting the game earlier.

"It is pretty much when we practice. I don't think it's going to be too much. We're going to have to adjust to light and the sun and stuff like that. Just like everything else," said RHS Varsity Football Head Coach Chris Ferge. "Who knows what the weather's going to bring? Last Friday wasn't too great. Whatever they bring, no excuses, we're ready to go.

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Another try for White Lake referendum after two-vote failureSubmitted: 09/02/2014

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WHITE LAKE - A big part of the community in White Lake takes its small rural school very seriously.

Two years ago, the community helped build a brand new gym and fitness center at the school.

The wood for the basketball floor was even donated by local loggers.

Each grade level at the school has only about 15 students.

Despite its size, for many, it's still the center of the community.

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New gunsmith shop targeting niche market in the Northwoods Submitted: 09/02/2014

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RHINELANDER - Owners at a new custom gun shop in Rhinelander believe they can fill a void in the Northwoods firearm market.

American Hot Shots LLC opened in August. They'll have their official grand opening on Sept. 12 & 13.

The shop works on old guns, custom guns and even offers gun training.

William Nosek is the company's gunsmith and chief instructor. He believes they have an opportunity to fill a niche market in the northern part of the state.

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Updated--ATV rider killed in crash along Highway 29 Submitted: 09/02/2014

MARATHON COUNTY - A Marathon County man died when his ATV crashed on Highway 29.

Deputies were called at 9:42 Monday night with a report of the accident in the town of Rib Falls.

The man riding the ATV was dead at the scene.

He had been heading north on Cardinal Lane and went across Highway 29, apparently headed for 9th Avenue.

Instead, the ATV collided with two cars on Highway 29.

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Close's motivation atop Langlade County Economic Development comes from close to homeSubmitted: 09/02/2014

ANTIGO - One specific person motivates Angie Close to help Langlade County succeed economically.

Her grandson.

Close is the new Executive Director of Langlade County Economic Development.

She wants Antigo and Langlade County to be a great place for her young grandson to grow up and someday live.

It's one reason for her drive to success as the new economic development head of Langlade County.

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Manufacturer to move from Prentice to PhillipsSubmitted: 09/01/2014

PRICE COUNTY - The expansion of Northcentral Technical College's Phillips campus helped persuade one manufacturing company to move closer to the campus.

OEM Fabricators will move its Price County facility from Prentice to Phillips.

All 28 employees will also move to the larger shop, which will focus on welding.

The company's president said the tech college's manufacturing expansion factored into the decision.

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