ANTIGO - For 38 years, homes, garages and even picnic tables could be built with supplies from "Great Lakes Hardwoods and World of Wood".
Now the Antigo business is closing its doors.
Owner Peter Pennington says it's simply time to retire.
His father started the wholesale lumber and building center in 1975.
Over the decades, Peter says it's been a true family business.
“Lumber and trees has been in my family forever. My great-grandfather was a logger, my dad was a logger when he was young and he got to be selling whole sale lumber from Menomonee County. Then when we started the wholesale yard, and 2 years later we started this lumber yard. And it's just been a family thing, kind of my dad's dream,” said Pennington.
Even though he's going to miss people coming into his store every day, he feels pride when driving down the streets of Antigo.
“It's kinda neat when you drive down the road and say, 'Geeze, I sold that guy that roof, or we put that siding on that house or do you see that garage back there? Last year we had that built for the guy.' It's going to be neat to drive down the road and see all the things that you supplied lumber to and building materials all the last 10 years,” said Pennington.
Peter hopes people remember him as the "Wood guy from the North side".
You can still visit him at World of Wood.
Everything at the store is for sale, including the land, buildings and equipment.
EAGLE RIVER - Soccer players may need to wait for the snow on their fields to melt. But they know cabin fever is starting to set in, and it's the perfect time to capitalize on it.
The 7th annual Cabin Fever Indoor Soccer Tournament kicked off today at Northland Pines High School. The event raises money for the school’s boy's and girl's soccer teams.
"This was an opportunity to have an indoor soccer program so the kids can do something in the winter," says tournament director Steve Gilbert. "There was a need for a fundraiser so we thought why not have a tournament. There are other tournaments in the region, why not have one here with this tremendous facility that we have here at Pines."
Nearly 100 5th through 8th graders played in the co-ed soccer matches. Their participation makes it possible for the team to buy new equipment.
"It allows us to buy things that maybe the school can't afford to buy for them, so different types of warm-ups, equipment out on the field," says Gilbert. "One time we bought a camera for them so we could film their games. So it's going to good causes."
RHINELANDER - Wisconsin’s attorney general enforces and defends laws made by the state, but one of Wisconsin’s candidates for the position believes his opponents will only pick and choose.
Right now Republican Candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, faces three Democrats, Rep. Jon Richards, Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne. Richards represents a portion of Milwaukee in the State Assymbly. Happ is the Jefferson County District Attorney. Ozanne is the Dane County District Attorney.
Schimel says some of his opponents, especially Richard will only enforce laws they agree with.
"That's problematic and I believe that's not what the attorney general should be doing, that's a crusade, that's a policy maker," Schimel said. "If Rep. Richards wants to do that then he should stay in the legislature."
Richards has been in the Legislature since 1998.
Newswatch 12 asked him Friday if he would pick and choose laws to enforce.
He said he’d look at the constitution to determine how he would enforce laws in Wisconsin.
"I can grantee you there are plenty of laws that I voted against that I will end up enforcing and making sure that we implement," Richards said, "And there are some laws that I think clearly violate the U-S constitution or the state constitution and we'll be taking a hard look at those."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
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