RHINELANDER - For local food pantries, it means more need.
"We see anywhere from 5,000 to 6,500 7,000 men, women and children. 40% of that number are children," said Pam Winkelman, head of fundraising and public relations at Lakeland Pantry.
Food pantries need more help during the holidays.
The Lakeland Pantry gives out more than 700 meals at Thanksgiving and 900 at Christmas.
"Going into Christmas and Thanksgiving, and the winter season is a time when we certainly have an increased need," Winkelman said.
"We were averaging maybe 40 families each time we were open. Last week Tuesday and Wednesday we had 56 families Tuesday and 64 on Wednesday." says Richard Short, the Director of the Vilas Food Pantry.
Today, the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation donated $1,000 each to three local food pantries.
"Food pantries, services for disabled folks, for homeless folks that need shelter, job programs, things like that. They're so critical to helping our communities be strong and helping those in their time of need," said Leah Van Zile of Wisconsin Public Service.
The WPS Foundation also donated to Frederick Place which is a local homeless shelter and Headwaters, which provides services for the disabled.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
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