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- MERRILL It might be hard to imagine running a business with your mother or daughter-in-law, but for one pair, a shared hobby helped create their DIY studio. Mother and daughter-in-law duo Diane and Alicia Kucirek opened The Painted Door in Merrill just one month ago. They take old, worn out furniture and make it new again using chalk paint. The pair decided to open the studio when both of their houses started to get jam-packed with finished chalk paint projects. Diane says anyone can learn how to give new life to old furniture with some lessons. "You just learn as you go. It's so easy to repair anything you don't like, fix it, or change direction with it," says Diane. Alicia says the first month of business was insane, mainly because of the community's support. Support comes from outside of Merrill, too. "We've had people come from all over Wisconsin saying, 'Tell me about this chalk paint!'"says Alicia. The Painted Door has workshops every Thursday.
- Jurors have convicted a man accused of stealing an arsenal of firearms from a southern Wisconsin gun shop and sending an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump. MADISON The jury in Madison deliberated for about two hours Tuesday before finding Joseph Jakubowski guilty of two federal weapons charges.
- Lake Tomahawk's Camp American Legion gives active military members, veterans, and their families a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. LAKE TOMAHAWK The new director of the camp, Don Grundy, saw some changes needed to be made, especially when it came to the speed limit near the entrance of the camp that sits off County Highway D.
- Typically, most people avoid spending time in junk yards but one Minocqua couple finds beauty in turning old antiques into art. MINOCQUA Since 2012, the retirees opened up the Rusty Truck, a business that turns aged, rusted pieces into rustic furniture and art. Owner Mike Gang says after he retired from being a firefighter, he wasn't going to let his hidden talent go to waste. "I love seeing things and seeing what they could be. [Taking] old things and turning them into something that's useful and practical," said Mike. Mike's wife Ruth Ann says she is more than happy to bring old memories to life with their creations.
- Caramel apples seem to be a go-to treat this time of year, but a tough growing season almost made them hard to find this Fall. RHINELANDER Fun Factory Sweet Shoppe in Rhinelander only uses Granny Smith apples for its caramel apples. Throughout the last few weeks, manager Judy Fritz says she had trouble finding enough green apples in the Northwoods. Stores said bad crops and little rainfall made the Granny Smith apples scarce this season. She eventually found some sold in bulk in Milwaukee to bring up north. Fun Factory is very particular about their apples, so in the meantime, Judy hand-picked from the produce aisles in local stores. "We always make sure that there are no bumps or bruises. We want a nice, perfect apple," says Fritz. Judy says you shouldn't worry about getting your hands on one of her caramel apples. Shipments of granny smith apples from Washington State have started to come in to a local store she works with.
- Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources. MADISON Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
- The Minocqua Town Board approved spending nearly $8,000 on a study for the public fishing pier on Highway 51 in Minocqua. MINOCQUA The findings will help board members decide whether to replace the entire bridge or just repair parts of it. Public Works Director Mark Pertile says the exact age of the pier is unknown but he guesses it's around 100 years old. "When you look underneath you'll see some of the problem areas. Some of the things we check are the railings to make sure they are stable. But the wood [is starting to] rot," explained Pertile.