RHINELANDER - Monday, Rhinelander's new Printpack facility started looking more like an actual plant.
"This is exciting. They just started this morning and you can see the progress they've made already. Once the panels come in, they'll move really quickly and you'll start to see the walls go around the entire building," says Jeremy Van Camp, the Human Resources Manager at Printpack.
The first of more than a hundred huge concrete wall panels went up at the new Printpack facility in Rhinelander on Monday.
It's a step toward making the property look less like a construction site - and more like a manufacturing plant.
"The panels are made in Wisconsin. They're a pre-cast concrete panel. They've got two inches of Styrofoam on the back. They set the panel in place. They're pre-colored, so we never need to paint or anything. They'll finish out windows and all that kind of stuff later on," says Van Camp.
The panels are made in the Milwaukee suburb of Germantown.
Starting Tuesday, eight truckloads a day will make their way from southeastern Wisconsin to Rhinelander.
The new Printpack plant should have these concrete panels up before you know it, and the best news of all, construction is way ahead of schedule.
The builders hope to turn over the reins to Printpack June 30th of this summer.
"The building is eight bays wide and eight bays deep, structurally, and we are on about the sixth bay deep, eighth bay across mark, so we're a little more than three-quarters done structurally," says Van Camp.
Current Printpack employees are eager to see the site.
Once the roof is done, in about three weeks, builders will host employees under the new structure to check things out.
MERRILL - A 27-year veteran of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office hopes to become that department's next leader. Lieutenant Ken Schneider announced his candidacy for Lincoln County Sheriff on Tuesday afternoon.
Current Sheriff Jeff Jaeger announced he would retire at the end of his term, which finishes in early 2019. Jaeger has been sheriff for 11 years.
Schneider currently serves as senior patrol supervisor. He started his career with the LCSO as a corrections officer. In the past, Schneider supervised the Sheriff's Office detectives, telecommunications division, and was SWAT team supervisor.
RHINELANDER - Voting polls opened for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Primary Election Tuesday.
However, election officials had mixed feelings about the number of voters showing up.
Election Official Patty Fitzpatrick worked at the Oneida County Department of Aging voting location. She saw a low number of voters, but she doesn't think that's because of weather.
"A lot of people view the election for judges as kind of a snooze, which is unfortunate because it really is important, because it's the judges who are upholding the law and making the law," said Fitzpatrick.
RHINELANDER - A Minocqua man pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge related to a child sexual assault case dating back nearly two years. Nathan Warbalow, 26, reached a plea deal with Oneida County prosecutors that will help him avoid a longer prison sentence and eliminated the need for a jury trial, set for this week.
Warbalow's victims, who were under the age of 13, told police he made a game of trying to pull his pants down in 2016. One victim told police Warbalow promised her a Popsicle if she touched his private parts.
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