MERRILL - Merrill business owner Sandy Gipple could not believe it when she found out the salon she owned was now in a condemned building. Gipple has been cutting hair for 32 years. She hoped she could retire in her current salon, but that's not the case anymore.
"It was shocking, it took my breath away," says Sandy Gipple, Owner of Images Hair and Tanning Salon. "It was just something that I didn't think was going to happen to us, and if I would have had any inklings that something was going to be happening to my business I for sure would have been looking 60 days ago and not just 10 days ago which is what I've had to do."
The city gave Gipple just 10 days to move out. The karate building next door to the salon collapsed this winter.
That may be why the city says her building is unsafe, but Gipple says the city hasn't even given her an official explanation.
She had been renting the salon building. Fortunately she has a place to move downtown, but she had to buy the new place.
"Before I had just the responsibility of taking care of my girls and making sure things were up and running in the current salon that I was renting," says Gipple. "Now it's going to be all the upkeep is going to be on me, electrical, plumbing, windows, siding, all that now, taxes, that's all going to be my responsibility now."
Gipple will move her salon just up the street on Main in downtown Merrill. She's only going to lose two days of business.
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.
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."
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