RHINELANDER - Towns use industrial and business parks to help attract business to their area.
The county spent more than $500,000 for the land.
But it didn't work out.
Now they're making steps to sell the land.
The land is on Rifle Road next to Northwood golf course.
They bought the it from Wausau Paper.
One Oneida County Board member feels it's in the County's best interests to sell the property.
"There are several problems with the land. Which it surprises me that the County Board went along with it. You can't access it from Highway 8, you can't access it through the Oldenburg property because they won't let us. The only place you can access it is from the Golf Course. To get to the usable portions of the land you have to cross swamp meaning you have to build some type of a bridge," said Jerry Shidell.
Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn said at the time it made sense to buy the land.
"Given the economy I think they bought it when the economy was doing well and everything was expanding. Now since then we're in a downturn," said Oborn.
They could take action at the next County Board meeting.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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