RHINELANDER - Airports make money off all those billboards you see while traveling. But the Rhinelander Oneida County Airport isn't making as much money from advertising as it used too.
The Rhinelander Oneida County Airport has had an advertising contract with Clear Channel for 20 years. Clear Channel ended its contract in 2013.
The airport's advertising revenue decreased from $10,000 to $3,000 in recent years.
"I think basically what's happening is a lot with web creation and such like that I think that has taken the place of doing advertising, still advertisements, like in airports and such like that I see the downturn in the economy since 2008 I think that's part of the issue," says Joe Brauer, Rhinelander Oneida County Airport Director.
The airport's director wants to fill the empty billboards with local advertising. He hopes that will promote local tourism for the city of Rhinelander.
"We decided the best thing to probably do is try to get some local advertisement here and what we decided to do since we're owned by the city owned by the county that we would go to the tourism segments that we have around here," says Brauer.
The airport has an 800 thousand dollar yearly budget. Most of the funding comes from the airlines, not advertising.
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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