RHINELANDER - If you're a fan of all things fast, there will be another race for you to go to this winter.
There are ice drag races in Merrill every year, but this winter the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce will host one too. It's the first in what Chamber Director Lara Reed hopes will be an annual event in Rhinelander.
Everyone has snowmobiling on the brain right now, but these races are for slightly more traditional gear-heads.
"I think people hear ice drag racing and they think of snowmobiles immediately but this is actually cars. It's modeled after the Merrill Ice Drags, which has been going on for like 50 years. A group of racers was interested in having another race so they came to us; these all happened to be guys from Rhinelander," says Reed.
Reed thinks this will be a fun new addition to the city's winter activities.
The ice drags are February 23rd on Lake Thompson. For more information please see the link below.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander needs new businesses to fill empty stores downtown.
This past weekend 26 properties had an open house. It was organized by Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. (DRI) and Flanders Reality Group. Finding the right home for a business can be hard. But the event tried to help those on the hunt.
"This way, you know, your here, you look, your able to talk to someone who knows the property. And you can really make a really good decision right now today," said Maggie Steffen, DRI Executive Director.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - In Vilas County the courts have a new option for treating drug and alcohol offenders, instead of putting them behind bars.
Today the new Wellness Court was named in Lac du Flambeau. Circuit court judge Neal Neilsen and Tribal Court Judge Gary Smith will work together to help those involved with drugs and alcohol get the treatment they need.
"A traditional court would, more than likely sentence the person to jail or prison, and we've seen studies where that just doesn't work anymore. We need to get creative," said Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chief Judge, Gary Smith.
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