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- The ground won't thaw for another month or so, but you can start planning your garden now. RHINELANDER You'll have to wait until mid-May to plant flowers, but you can get away with some vegetable seeds. Bare root plants are also a good option for early-spring. Those include apple trees, blueberry and raspberry bushes. "We can help out here when you come out and make sure you get everything you need to get started. It's mostly getting it established in the ground and you can just let it grow, says Beth Hanson. Hanson Garden Village's Spring Preview is this Saturday and open to the public. If you want to find out more about their spring planting classes, click below.
- Chilly temperatures and gray skies greeted people in the Northwoods on the first day of spring. RHINELANDER Despite the near freezing temperatures, a team of two wanted to give you a reason to smile Tuesday. Hometown Chiropractic chiropractor Grace Nash stood along Highway 47 in Rhinelander with her coworker holding up green signs with positive messages like 'Smile it's contagious.'
- Looking back on his 28 years as airport director, Joe Brauer says he has a lot to be proud of. RHINELANDER "When we got the disabled passenger lift, the non-motorized one, we were very, very proud of that," said Brauer, who's worked as the airport director for 28 years. He's also been in the airline business for 20 years. Now, the longtime Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director will be passing things off to a familiar face.
- A Rhinelander man's wallet will soon get a lot fuller. RHINELANDER Paul Webster is one of the lucky players who won $50,000 playing Powerball from last week's drawing. Webster bought his ticket at Wagner's Westside Shell in Rhinelander. Shell Cashier Brenda Novak says she doesn't know Webster, but hopes to meet him soon.
- You won't want to wear your best clothes to one race in May. ARBOR VITAE Minocqua's Color Run Fundraiser is a 3K and 5K race for Arbor Vitae-Woodruff and MJ1 schools. The race is one of the schools' biggest fundraisers for field trips, additional school supplies and equipment. The Color Run raised almost $20,000 last year.
- Jesse Kuczmarski always dreamed of owning his own body shop. His wife, Chantel, thought it would be neat to work with her husband. EAGLE RIVER Both now have what they want. The Kuczmarskis became the new owners of Accent Auto Body in Eagle River in October. Jesse works on cars, while Chantel handles social media, taxes, and administration. "The first day that we worked together, we looked at each other, and we just thought, wow, this is just so amazing to be able to work together," Chantel said. "It was so peaceful in the shop."
- A Minocqua store will stock up on more locally sourced food products this spring and summer season. The Wild Berry Market teamed up with a new community-supported agriculture group, or CSA. MINOCQUA The Lake Superior CSA combines local farmer products into vegetable, meat, and fruit boxes.