ARBOR VITAE/ WOODRUFF - People got to a better understanding this week about a possible reconstruction to Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae and Woodruff.
But not everyone likes some of the changes.
The Wisconsin DOT had a public meeting Tuesday for community members about construction on Highway 51.
They're planning on fixing the pavement, curb, gutter and sewer drainage system.
They're also thinking about adding a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 51 and 70 east in Arbor Vitae.
That's by The Store gas station.
It's also by Ella's Restaurant.
The owner says the DOT wants to cut off his current entrance and relocate it off of Highway 70.
He says that would put him out of business.
"Bettering out streets, great they need to be done. Sidewalks, great need to be done. Eliminating access to businesses, no. That does not need to be done," said Ella's Restaurant owner/head chef, Steven Wheeler.
"You need to work it into the plan. However it happens, we need to work it into the plan because we don't want us to go under. I'm sorry we're just a smooth small businesses from top to bottom. But we're building the middle class of America and that's all it comes down to."
The DOT will have another public involvement meeting this summer.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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