RHINELANDER - One Northwoods business owner feels violated after her restaurant was broken into over the weekend. Sue Wege has owned the Sportsman's Cafe in Rhinelander for more than a year now. She's never had a problem with anyone breaking in until now.
"It looks like they took a crowbar to the back door and kind of shredded that apart, just blew the lock to about a million pieces all over," says Sportsman's Café Owner Susan Wege. "[They] Took the money from the till, took the money from the change box."
"They did leave the money from the leukemia fund here, I don't know why but they did, it was kind of odd they didn't take all the money that was here," says Wege.
The robbers took just 150 dollars in cash. Wege says she feels violated.
"They were in here don't know what all they took or what their reasons for doing it," says Wege. "If it was a vendetta or you know a past employee or something like that I mean I really don't know."
"Can't go on being afraid you know we're going to stand up to it you know and if they come back we'll be ready for them," says Wege.
Sportsman's wasn't the only place broken into over the weekend. Arby's and Burger King reported break-ins to the Rhinelander Police.If you know anything about these break-ins call Rhinelander Police at 715-365-5300.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
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.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning. Â Shortly before 6:00 a.m.,Â 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.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
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.
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