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DRI to auction mini HodagsSubmitted: 10/16/2013
Story By Lauren Stephenson


RHINELANDER - Rhinelander residents love the Hodag.

Soon, they'll be able to see more of them around Rhinelander.

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. auctions off Hodags painted by local artists every year.

DRI hopes to raise $10,000 this year.

That money will help DRI improve downtown Rhinelander.

"We're trying to create events. We're also trying to do economic restructuring and helping recruit businesses and retain the existing businesses. There's just an organization part where we disseminate information from our office. And there's a downtown beautification piece," says Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. President Mark Gutteter.

This is the first year artists will decorate mini hodags.

DRI decided to make the change after hearing from members of the community.

"The original Hodags were 7 or 8 feet long, and 6 feet tall. There was a lot of interest in those but they're not applicable to everyone - everyone's yard or in front of everyone's business so we had a lot of people interested in smaller Hodags. So this year's Hodag is about 2 feet tall, maybe 2.5 or 3 feet long," added Gutteter.

The Hodags will be unveiled and auctioned off at the Hodag Howl on October 26th.

DRI will auction off five mini Hodags.

Five others will be displayed at local businesses.

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