RHINELANDER - Plenty of snow means more fun for almost everyone. In a cold-weather tourist economy--it's practically "White Gold".
Birchwood Bar welcomes a strong snowmobile crowd. Mickey Buell is part owner. She's seen sales almost double in just two weeks.
"It's a great thing the snow is finally here. Because all the local businesses depend on all the snowfall we usually get."
Billy Heath has seen both sides of the picture. The region's snowfall can be a business' best friend or worst ememy.
"In January when it wasn't here, we didn't a lot of people from down state. The southern part of Wisconsin and Illinois. Now that it's here, there's an influx of people here spending money within the community.
Local hotels and resorts might need snow the most. Holiday Acres Owner, Kim Zambon knows why tourists come here.
"You've got to have some reason to be out there. I don't care if you're fishing in the summer time. People gotta have a pole in their hand, skis on, snowshoes, or a snowmobile."
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RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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