TOMAHAWK - Big name retail stores often draw attention, especially when they make their way to a small town.
Construction on the new Hometown Shopko in Tomahawk began just 10 weeks ago.
Director of Public Works Mike Tolvstad says the building is valued at 2.6 million dollars.
The property taxes from that building will go right back to the city of Tomahawk.
ďThe dollars from that $2.6 million is about $54,000 a year [in property taxes]. That money will go back into the TIFF to pay for the improvements such as streets, the sewer, street lighting and things like that,Ē says Tolvstad.
Those city improvements are not the only benefit for people in Tomahawk.
The 14-acre lot the new Shopko sits on has plenty of space for more businesses.
Tolvstad has already heard from some companies interested in the space.
Even before any businesses are added, Shopko alone will create 17 full-time jobs.
ďAny time you can add jobs, thatís important. And 17? Thatís a pretty big deal. If we could have somebody that would bring 100 jobs, that would be great," says Tolvstad. "But the reality is small retailers such as Hometown Shopko is going to be the kind of businesses that we have come in the future. "But any time you can add jobs, thatís a good thing.Ē
The Shopko Hometown stores are different than regular Shopkos. They're designed specifically for smaller towns. The Tomahawk location is the newest location in the Northwoods.
RHINELANDER - There was no severe weather Thursday, but sirens across the Northwoods were blaring at about 1:45 pm on Thursday.
That's because the National Weather Service held a statewide tornado drill.
It was part of their severe weather awareness week, and Oneida County took part in the drill.
"The sirens are only set off for warnings, in the city of Rhinelander, it's only going to be a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that is affecting the city area," said Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof. "It's also going to be set off for a Tornado Warning affecting the area."
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Drug addicts can look nearly everywhere to get their fix, and sometimes they can get that by raiding their family's medicine cabinet.
That's why Lac du Flambeau police gave a drug presentation at an event for the elderly Thursday.
Police leaders wanted to show seniors what could happen if they didn't keep track of their medications.
"A lot of times the elderly and older population can be victims from this. As the younger children, grandchildren, things like that are you know coming in and taking their grandparents prescription drugs," says Sarah Keuer, a nurse at Peter Christensen Health Center.
ACROSS THE U.S. - A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would expand regulation on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, not regulated already by the agency.
The proposal, which was released Thursday, would regulate hookahs, nicotine gels, cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA currently only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking. Medical experts donít know the full health impact of e-cigarettes yet. Leaders at the FDA want to get ahead of the trend.
The proposal would make e-cigarette producers register their products and show their ingredients to the agency.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Railroads give businesses a chance to move loads of material for a low cost. Loggers could use rail as an alternative to trucking material, but many businesses donít get that opportunity in the Northwoods anymore.
Canadian National bought rail in the Northwoods about a decade ago. They have cut back service drastically since then.
Some counties haven't seen train travel in years, which hurts business. Now, those businesses want to reestablish rail service.
In response, a group of counties in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan formed the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
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