SCHOFIELD - Wheat, rye, barley are just some of the things people can't eat when facing a gluten free diet.
Hidden Sources Gluten Free Grocery in Schofield is giving people in Central Wisconsin more gluten-free options.
Everything in the store--from pasta to M&Ms--is gluten free.
The owner got the idea after being diagnosed with celiac disease. That meant no more gluten in her diet and major health problems.
"Inflammation, swelling, bloating, tummy troubles. A lot of gastro troubles, "said Tracie Rajek, "But the gluten itself can attack your intestines and then they don't work. It can erode the intestine lining and then if they don't work you're not absorbing any nutrients."
Hidden Sources opened its doors about a month ago. Since then, business has been steady.
"The community seems to have embraced this. We do offer a lot of foods that you might see in your local grocery store, but what we expand on is the variety, "said Rajek. "A local grocery store can only have twelve feet of gluten-free items; where we have eight to nine hundred square feet of gluten-free items."
Hidden Sources gets new shipments in every week.
Choosing a gluten-free diet means paying attention to the labels and other words for gluten.
If you have any concerns, you can also get tested for celiac disease.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
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