RHINELANDER - An old gas station on a busy street in Antigo has stood vacant for the 8 years. But now, its future is looking up, due to a $15,000 grant to the city from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
The grant will help to remove gasoline storage tanks and make sure there's no contamination.
"A local businessman bought the property, he's cleaning it up. He's done a lot of remodeling on the building already. Last up is to get the storage tanks out so it can be rented out as a retail center," said Kaye Matucheski the Antigo Clerk and Treasurer.
The WEDC has been under pressure in recent weeks after losing track of millions of dollars in loans, but Antigo says they've gotten money from the corporation several times with no problems.
"We've been working strongly on revitalizing our downtown, and this is right off the downtown, right on Highway 45, and this has been a blighted property for several years, so it will be really nice to have it cleaned up and ready to go," said Matucheski.
'Wellness Court' Offers Alternate Sentence for Alcohol & Drug Offenders
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - In Vilas County the courts have a new option for treating drug and alcohol offenders, instead of putting them behind bars.
Today the new Wellness Court was named in Lac du Flambeau. Circuit court judge Neal Neilsen and Tribal Court Judge Gary Smith will work together to help those involved with drugs and alcohol get the treatment they need.
"A traditional court would, more than likely sentence the person to jail or prison, and we've seen studies where that just doesn't work anymore. We need to get creative," said Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chief Judge, Gary Smith.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander needs new businesses to fill empty stores downtown.
This past weekend 26 properties had an open house. It was organized by Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. (DRI) and Flanders Reality Group. Finding the right home for a business can be hard. But the event tried to help those on the hunt.
"This way, you know, your here, you look, your able to talk to someone who knows the property. And you can really make a really good decision right now today," said Maggie Steffen, DRI Executive Director.
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