RHINELANDER - We all hear how art can enhance a community.
For ArtStart in Rhinelander, showing that never gets old.
The new WisconsinCity exhibit will be a game-changer for the community based museum.
It features seven new artists from Milwaukee, Madison and the Fox Valley.
Each artist's work uses the theme of urban life. But the exhibit represents a wide variety of art techniques.
"Some of it you're going to look and think, "huh?" But, the more you look at it, the more you see. That's what we're going to ask our visitors to the gallery to do," Laura Ehmann, ArtStart Exhibition team.
ArtStart volunteers want the art they feature to give smaller communities a taste of big city culture.
"Some of it is humorous, some of it is very personal, some of it is just out there, but out there for a reason."
They believe that dedication is part of a bigger picture.
"We have as much culture and big city things as anywhere else. Part of ArtStart for me, is bringing that here and having everyone get involved with it," said Ehmann. "People who live here get involved, it's like a picture of a wider world, but yet we're doing locally, we're doing it here."
ArtStart volunteers believe this exhibit has opened the doors for new opportunities at the museum.
This summer, a film and concert series will be hosted by ArtStart.
The WisconsinCity exhibit opens March 20 at 11 a.m.
RHINELANDER - The City of Rhinelander and Oneida County will consider borrowing $15 million to help develop a manufacturer in Rhinelander, according to an Oneida County Economic Development Corporation release Tuesday.
The money would help Rhinelander Coated Products start work inside the former Printpack building on Kemp Street.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Pilots find very little room for error when they make a landing. Wings, flaps, and landing gear all need to work properly. Then there's the runway itself, which needs to be flat and smooth.
So, when pilots found ruts and divots torn into the grass runway at Boulder Junction's airport, folks were more than upset, they were worried about safe landings. Airfield president Jeff Long thinks someone used a pickup truck to do the damage. It happened right before the airfield's busiest weekend of the year, the Musky Day fly-in.
"To see somebody disregard that, disrespect that, and then again the safety, where somebody could get hurt that we're inviting up here for summer fun, doesn't make you feel very good," Long said.
CRANDON - For some Northwoods families, it can be hard to find the money to pay for their kids' school supplies every year, but a back-to-school program in Forest County is giving children the supplies they need to succeed.
THREE LAKES - Pollinators play an essential role in the growth of plants, and it's not just bees that help pollinate.
Butterflies, bats, and even mosquitoes are pollinators, but those populations have been in decline in recent years.
"Across the U.S., pollinators have been seeing big declines," said Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas. "We've been hearing more and more about our honeybee pollinations. The monarch populations have had dramatic decreases. So we're seeing it across the board."
EAGLE RIVER - Cities across the Northwoods drop tens of thousands of dollars every winter on crack sealing roads. The Eagle River Airport is no different. The airport spent about $25,000 in 2016 patching up its main runway.
Arguably, that runway is even older than most roads people drive on. The runway was last redone in 1971. On a busy day, the 5,000-foot runway hosts upwards of 80 takeoffs and landings. Airport manager Rob Hom showed Newswatch 12 a number of places where the pavement is buckling and cracked. That can lead to dangerous landings for small planes.
"Relative to a car or a truck [a prop-powered airplane is] pretty light relatively speaking, so having a smooth runway is imperative," Hom said.
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