MINOCQUA - Every year, we welcome spring and summer and accept road construction season along with them.
If you've traveled through Minocqua lately, you already know Highway 51 is a mess.
Some residents aren't too thrilled about it, but business owners say they'll just have to work with it.
Weather and road construction has been one of the main issues for business owners in Minocqua.
"Beautiful days we've been busy and the snowy days when it's suppose to be beautiful it's been snowing instead," Chequamegon's Adventure Company Owner, Andrew Teichmiller said.
"So it's been a little slower, but overall things have been alright."
Some business owners says they can't wait for the outcome, but others were against it since day one.
"We're in a complex of nine other stores and we had originally four driveways. We're going down to two," said Chocolates and More co-owner Cathy Bosacki.
"They were only going to give us 45 foot openings and we're getting a 65 foot opening to help get people in and out also for semi's and drivers deliveries. It will be a little bit easier, but it's still going to be tight."
With the new features that Minoqua will have, Teichmiller says it will be great for summer time.
"For us as a bike shop we're really excited because we're actually going to get a bike lane through town and right by our store. That'll be great." Teichmiller said.
But not everyone is for it.
"For people to get out it's going to be a little bit harder because there is no lights to stop anybody to let them in and out," said Bosacki.
"You're going to have to be very defensive driving to get out."
NEW YORK - More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.
The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avalon models made from 2002 to 2004.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says all the vehicles covered in Saturday's announcement had already been under a recall for the faulty air bags, but the carmakers' original attempts to fix the defects only worked about 85 percent of the time.
NORTHWOODS - The U.S. Forest Service will hire thousands of temporary workers this spring. Leaders at the Chequamegon Nicolet Forest Service want to hire more than 50 temporary employees to work during summer. They're looking for people with diverse backgrounds and plenty of experience.
WAUSAU - Enrollment for health coverage will end soon. That's why healthcare providers participated in "Super Saturday".
Bridge Clinic in Wausau welcomed people to sign up for health insurance options Saturday.
The Open Enrollment deadline is February 15th. If you don't sign up before then, it could cost you $325 or more depending on your income.
"We recommend just make an informed choice. Don't just let it lapse and get the penalty, be surprised with a penalty later on. Come in, make an informed choice. There are health care options," said Bridge Community Health Clinic Executive Director Laura Scudiere.
MADISON - A team of students from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is conducting research on foxes and coyotes in hopes of learning how the animals and humans can peacefully coexist.
Forest and wildlife associate professor David Drake and his students are humanely trapping the animals, running tests, then fitting them with tracking devices. The goal is to learn about traveling patterns, diseases the animals might have, and how they interact with other animals and humans.
Drake says foxes and coyotes are moving into areas where people are living. And if that continues, and the animals lose their fear of humans, they could become aggressive in extreme cases.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says residents should stay a safe distance from foxes or coyotes, and shouldn't feed them.
PINE RIVER - Firefighters in Pine River had a tough day Saturday. They battled a house fire Friday night.
Crews didn't finish cleaning up the scene until 3:30 Saturday morning. Then they got called to a second fire in the afternoon.
The first fire happened at 9:12 p.m. The Lincoln County Dispatch Center got a call about a possible structure fire on County Highway WW in the Town of Pine River. That's east of Merrill, but when the Pine River Department got there, the house was in flames.
ST. GERMAIN - Bikinis and snowmobiles don't typically mix. Except, when you're at the St. Germain Bikini Run.
The event draws a huge crowd every year and it raised thousands of dollars for charity.
"We started with six girls and maybe $8000 seven years ago. Now, we're up to 33 girls today and more than $50,000," says Mark Hiller, the St. Germain Radar Run race director. "Every year it just grows, and grows."
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