RHINELANDER - If you've been to the Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport, you know it's small and there are very few commercial flights.
But an airline change has made the airport more popular.
Delta started flying out of the airport on January 4th.
Nearly six months later, the airport's seen a major increase in the amount of people using it.
"Since they've come into the market and replaced Frontier Airlines and such, we've seen a tremendous increase in our passenger traffic. As a matter of fact, year-to-date, we're up 48 percent," says Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport Director Joe Brauer.
Brauer says having a major airline like Delta fly out of the airport is the main reason they're seeing more travelers.
Most of the people that fly out of Rhinelander are business travelers.
"One of the good things that we have is when Delta came into the market on January 4th, back to service back to Minneapolis, prior to that we saw a lot of our frequent flyers that were going to alternate airports because of their frequent flyer miles, because of the flight schedules and the connections that there's much more that they had, you know, compared to the previous carrier that we had in that market," says Brauer.
They're getting some complaints because there aren't enough seats.
Brauer says that's a good thing, since now there's more demand for the airport.
The airport has a two year contract with Delta.
With these great numbers Brauer hopes they will extend the contract.
RHINELANDER - The City of Rhinelander and Oneida County will consider borrowing $15 million to help develop a manufacturer in Rhinelander, according to an Oneida County Economic Development Corporation release Tuesday.
The money would help Rhinelander Coated Products start work inside the former Printpack building on Kemp Street.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Pilots find very little room for error when they make a landing. Wings, flaps, and landing gear all need to work properly. Then there's the runway itself, which needs to be flat and smooth.
So, when pilots found ruts and divots torn into the grass runway at Boulder Junction's airport, folks were more than upset, they were worried about safe landings. Airfield president Jeff Long thinks someone used a pickup truck to do the damage. It happened right before the airfield's busiest weekend of the year, the Musky Day fly-in.
"To see somebody disregard that, disrespect that, and then again the safety, where somebody could get hurt that we're inviting up here for summer fun, doesn't make you feel very good," Long said.
THREE LAKES - Pollinators play an essential role in the growth of plants, and it's not just bees that help pollinate.
Butterflies, bats, and even mosquitoes are pollinators, but those populations have been in decline in recent years.
"Across the U.S., pollinators have been seeing big declines," said Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas. "We've been hearing more and more about our honeybee pollinations. The monarch populations have had dramatic decreases. So we're seeing it across the board."
CRANDON - For some Northwoods families, it can be hard to find the money to pay for their kids' school supplies every year, but a back-to-school program in Forest County is giving children the supplies they need to succeed.
MADISON - New state regulations designed to retain teachers are going into effect.
The package was published Tuesday. The provisions allow retired teachers or teachers nearing retirement to apply for a nonrenewable five-year license without submitting a professional development plan. They also increase the time that short-term substitute teachers can serve in the same assignment from 20 days to 45 days.
EAGLE RIVER - Cities across the Northwoods drop tens of thousands of dollars every winter on crack sealing roads. The Eagle River Airport is no different. The airport spent about $25,000 in 2016 patching up its main runway.
Arguably, that runway is even older than most roads people drive on. The runway was last redone in 1971. On a busy day, the 5,000-foot runway hosts upwards of 80 takeoffs and landings. Airport manager Rob Hom showed Newswatch 12 a number of places where the pavement is buckling and cracked. That can lead to dangerous landings for small planes.
"Relative to a car or a truck [a prop-powered airplane is] pretty light relatively speaking, so having a smooth runway is imperative," Hom said.
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