TOMAHAWK - Hundreds of people in Tomahawk could turn to unique music along one of the area's beautiful rivers Wednesday night.
It was the seventh annual Music on the River at Veterans Memorial Park.
Hip Pocket played on the pavilion. The old pavilion was rebuilt four years ago because it needed to be replaced and it was too small for bands to play on.
"We went from the air, kind of looked down on the site to see what we could put in in that area that was about the same size, but maybe a little better design and without disturbing any trees or anything else, we designed this pavilion to be here," said Music on the River Committee Member Andy Zastrow.
People donated $80,000 for the project in just four months.
Band members from Hip Pocket live across the Northwoods. The musical director says it's not easy to practice since band members are scattered.
"It's a challenge to get everybody together, but we designate a couple of nights, a month and we rehearse with part of the band one of the times and the full band the other times," said Musical director and trumpet player Patrick Phalen. "So it kind of works out that we're able to get everyone together. We meet in an essential location. It's not easy, but it works."
Their next concert will be in Antigo for Antigo's Music in the Park Thursday.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., 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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