RHINELANDER - Plenty of snow means more fun for almost everyone. In a cold-weather tourist economy--it's practically "White Gold".
Birchwood Bar welcomes a strong snowmobile crowd. Mickey Buell is part owner. She's seen sales almost double in just two weeks.
"It's a great thing the snow is finally here. Because all the local businesses depend on all the snowfall we usually get."
Billy Heath has seen both sides of the picture. The region's snowfall can be a business' best friend or worst ememy.
"In January when it wasn't here, we didn't a lot of people from down state. The southern part of Wisconsin and Illinois. Now that it's here, there's an influx of people here spending money within the community.
Local hotels and resorts might need snow the most. Holiday Acres Owner, Kim Zambon knows why tourists come here.
"You've got to have some reason to be out there. I don't care if you're fishing in the summer time. People gotta have a pole in their hand, skis on, snowshoes, or a snowmobile."
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The Boulder Junction Town Board voted two to one Tuesday night to move forward with a town plaza plan. The plan will now go to a design phase.
The board estimated the cost of the design phase to be between $30,000 to $50,000, but it was dropped to about $25,000 at the meeting.
Town Chairman Dennis Reuss and Town Supervisor Dennis Duke voted in favor, with Town Supervisor Denny McGann voting against the plan.
A little more than $1 million may not seem like a lot of money to a city like Madison or Milwaukee. But for a town of fewer than one thousand people, it's a lot. The Boulder Junction Town Board could vote Tuesday whether or not to move onto the next phase of a $1.26 million town plaza project.
Dennis Duke has a vision of what Boulder Junction could look like in a few years.
"This one has a much more artistic flair, this has a more engineering flair if you will," said Duke while looking at potential design plans.
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
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