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."
STATEWIDE - City, county, and town leaders hope you Turn Out for Transportation Thursday night. Seventy-one of the state's 72 counties will hold public forums for people to learn more about the state's transportation budget.
The idea for the forums comes from the "Just Fix It" campaign, which many counties have supported to encourage state lawmakers to find a better way to pay for roadwork.
You can find the location and time for your county's meeting via the link below.
RHINELANDER - Hockey players in Rhinelander will see some big changes.
After getting a large anonymous donation, the Rhinelander Ice Association will get a new training area, weight room, locker room, and more.
Since work began in August, framing for the building has gone up and dry wall will be put in next week.
"Just the whole project is really exciting and really going to come together and improve Rhinelander, and improve athletics in Rhinelander," said Rhinelander Ice Association Rink Manager Brett Aylesworth.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Downtown Boulder Junction could look a little different in a few years. The Boulder Junction Town Board voted 2 to 1 to move onto the design phase of a town plaza project Tuesday night.
The design will cost about $25,000. Town Supervisor Dennis Duke said the plaza could have things like bathrooms, wifi, and places to sit.
Duke thinks the plaza would get people to spend more time downtown.
STEVENS POINT - Stevens Point police want your help finding suspects in two possible stabbings. The stabbings happened early Friday morning and early Sunday morning near downtown Stevens Point.
Friday, four young men got into a fight on Main Street. One man said he was stabbed in the chest. Police say the suspect is a black man in his mid-20s, about 5' 9" tall, with a muscular build and short hair. The victim was treated at the hospital and released.
Sunday morning, police responded to an incident at 2nd Street and Crosby Avenue. Witnesses heard glass breaking and people yelling about a stabbing. Police don't have a victim or suspect description in that case, but they don't believe the two stabbings are connected.
If you have any information about the stabbings, call Detective Sgt. Gruber at 715-346-1518.
You can also call Portage County Crimestoppers to remain anonymous at 888-346-6600.
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