THREE LAKES - Three Lakes wants to bring more people to their town.
The draw is great technology.
That's the philosophy behind the town's push to provide high speed internet and cell phone coverage to all of its residents.
Town chairman Don Sidlowski has been working toward that goal for five years.
He hopes that better access will bring in more permanent residents.
"If you want to not only survive but thrive in the 21st century, you have to give people access to the tools they need, and that comes through the internet," Sidlowski said. "In order to have all the benefits of the city, you need access to that high speed internet."
Internet and cell phone coverage are a major part of what Sidlowski calls the "Three Lakes Model."
It's his plan for economic development - but it's not just for the benefit of future residents.
"The other part of it is because your citizens just deserve it," Sidlowski said. "They need to have the same kind of access that people can have from other places in the big cities, and that's really the underpinning for putting this technology into place."
Wisconsin Rural Partners awarded Three Lakes for their development of the network.
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.
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