ANTIGO - For 38 years, homes, garages and even picnic tables could be built with supplies from "Great Lakes Hardwoods and World of Wood".
Now the Antigo business is closing its doors.
Owner Peter Pennington says it's simply time to retire.
His father started the wholesale lumber and building center in 1975.
Over the decades, Peter says it's been a true family business.
"Lumber and trees has been in my family forever. My great-grandfather was a logger, my dad was a logger when he was young and he got to be selling whole sale lumber from Menomonee County. Then when we started the wholesale yard, and 2 years later we started this lumber yard. And it's just been a family thing, kind of my dad's dream," said Pennington.
Even though he's going to miss people coming into his store every day, he feels pride when driving down the streets of Antigo.
"It's kinda neat when you drive down the road and say, 'Geeze, I sold that guy that roof, or we put that siding on that house or do you see that garage back there? Last year we had that built for the guy.' It's going to be neat to drive down the road and see all the things that you supplied lumber to and building materials all the last 10 years," said Pennington.
Peter hopes people remember him as the "Wood guy from the North side".
You can still visit him at World of Wood.
Everything at the store is for sale, including the land, buildings and equipment.
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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