RHINELANDER - The Elbo Room Lounge brings in a lot of people with big-name concerts.
But the building isn't up to code to handle that many people.
For the last two years the fire department allowed the Elbo Room a temporary occupancy limit of nearly 700 people.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams says, "[the owner] wanted to first see if this kind of thing would work in the city. And it did. Mr. Mason, then, went and got state-approved building plans to go and do all these upgrades and renovations to the property. But it's gotten to a point where he hasn't done them yet."
John Mason owns the Elbo Room.
Chief Williams says Mason must make the changes or the occupancy limit will go back down to below 300.
Buckcherry is scheduled to perform at Elbo Room July 16th.
The fire department will allow 700 people at that show.
Williams says the concert was already scheduled and there's a lot of community interest.
"Mr. Mason has to have two firefighters and two police officers stand by at the concert to be there for safety concerns with that large of a crowd," says Williams.
Chief Williams says Mason does care about the public's safety.
He also says the Elbo Room Lounge is important to Rhinelander, and he doesn't want this issue to put it out of business.
We called Mason, but we haven't heard back from him yet.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - You might be planning on waiting in line on Black Friday or sitting behind a computer on Cyber Monday. But in Rhinelander and other Northwoods cities, Small Business Saturday is another day to mark on the calendar.
Dawn Allen sold her goods at craft shows for years, but had always wanted to try something different.
"It was my dream to open up a shop one day," said Allen, the owner of Briar House on Keenen Street. So she opened Briar House in Rhinelander 21 years ago.
Allen sells women's clothes, shoes, accessories and has a full espresso bar.
But one of her favorite parts of the job is the community support.
"It's like a family here, it's more of a destination coming here I believe," said Allen.
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