RHINELANDER - You probably try to put your car in the garage when a hail storm is coming. But lots that are full of cars, like rental agencies, cannot move them all to shelter in time.
That was the case yesterday at the Rhinelander airport. Avis rental car agents could only watch as a storm came across the runway with small pea size hail.
"Then it let up, and then, all of the sudden, it just like poured down quarter size....It was loud and we knew there would be damage to our cars," says Jay Kellner, Avis Rental Agent.
Out of the 28 cars Avis had on the lot yesterday...NOT ONE of them escaped damage. Every car has dents in its hood and roof. Now the rental agency must go through a set process to get them fixed.
"Our headquarters, we call them and for each car, we have to file an individual claim and then they send an adjustor out that's going to look at them all at once and assess what the cost will be to fix them all," says Kellner.
All the cars are still drivable but the agency hopes to get them all fixed soon.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
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