THREE LAKES - Racing begins at TNT Speedway this weekend.
The Three Lakes track will have opening night on Saturday.
Final preparations are getting done at the track the next few days.
It's also the return of Tim and Patti Rutzen as the track owners. A group of 7 racing enthusiests ran the track last year. But the group decided it was best to go another direction. Tim and Patti still hope to sell the track at some point.
This will be the 19th year of racing at TNT.
The Rutzens are excited to be back after a year off.
"I think it's going to be great," says Tim Rutzen. "Patti and I are looking forward to a great season. If the weather cooperates, we'll be able to Saturday night start racing. The break we had was really nice last year. I think what we missed the most is all the friends we've met over the 19 years. I still, as many years I've been doing this, I still enjoy a good race. I'm looking forward to it."
Hot Laps Saturday night begin at 6:30pm. Racing starts at 7:15pm.
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.
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.
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