RHINELANDER - Every community in the Northwoods wants their small businesses to grow.
In order for them to grow sometimes the business owner needs their children to take over the business.
The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce wants those business owners to be prepared when the time comes.
The chamber held a Lunch and Learn session for owners today.
The session informed business owners of options to sell or transfer ownership of the business when the time comes.
Business owner Steve Ory plans for his son to take over Enterprise Wood Products in Rhinelander.
"I think this is good for the community to have somebody come in and talk to small businesses that wants to pass it along to their children," said Ory.
"The more tax and legal information you can have the better."
Sometimes the child of the business owner might not want to take over.
That's why it's important to have a back up plan.
"Be prepared. When we talk about assembling an advisory team, we talk about attorneys, business brokers to help you sell that business and a financial advisor," Morgan Stanley Wealth Management financial advisor, Tyler Krombholz.
"All these people have to work in concert to help this transition happen."
The chamber plans to have another lunch and learn session next month.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
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