RHINELANDER - One Northwoods business owner feels violated after her restaurant was broken into over the weekend. Sue Wege has owned the Sportsman's Cafe in Rhinelander for more than a year now. She's never had a problem with anyone breaking in until now.
"It looks like they took a crowbar to the back door and kind of shredded that apart, just blew the lock to about a million pieces all over," says Sportsman's Café Owner Susan Wege. "[They] Took the money from the till, took the money from the change box."
"They did leave the money from the leukemia fund here, I don't know why but they did, it was kind of odd they didn't take all the money that was here," says Wege.
The robbers took just 150 dollars in cash. Wege says she feels violated.
"They were in here don't know what all they took or what their reasons for doing it," says Wege. "If it was a vendetta or you know a past employee or something like that I mean I really don't know."
"Can't go on being afraid you know we're going to stand up to it you know and if they come back we'll be ready for them," says Wege.
Sportsman's wasn't the only place broken into over the weekend. Arby's and Burger King reported break-ins to the Rhinelander Police.If you know anything about these break-ins call Rhinelander Police at 715-365-5300.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Downtown Boulder Junction could look a little different in a few years. The Boulder Junction Town Board voted 2 to 1 to move onto the design phase of a town plaza project Tuesday night.
The design will cost about $25,000. Town Supervisor Dennis Duke said the plaza could have things like bathrooms, wifi, and places to sit.
Duke thinks the plaza would get people to spend more time downtown.
STEVENS POINT - Stevens Point police want your help finding suspects in two possible stabbings. The stabbings happened early Friday morning and early Sunday morning near downtown Stevens Point.
Friday, four young men got into a fight on Main Street. One man said he was stabbed in the chest. Police say the suspect is a black man in his mid-20s, about 5' 9" tall, with a muscular build and short hair. The victim was treated at the hospital and released.
Sunday morning, police responded to an incident at 2nd Street and Crosby Avenue. Witnesses heard glass breaking and people yelling about a stabbing. Police don't have a victim or suspect description in that case, but they don't believe the two stabbings are connected.
If you have any information about the stabbings, call Detective Sgt. Gruber at 715-346-1518.
You can also call Portage County Crimestoppers to remain anonymous at 888-346-6600.
EAGLE RIVER - Highway workers do a dangerous job, working alongside traffic with very little protection. A new state law could make those jobs a little safer.
A hand-held cellphone ban for work zones starts statewide Saturday. Drivers cannot make or answer phone calls while in work zones unless they use Bluetooth or some sort of earpiece.
Vilas County Highway Commissioner Nick Scholtes calls the law change a great thing for the state.
"The ones that are on their phones, they seem a little oblivious to what we are doing there at the time," Scholtes said. "They're going through the motions coming through the work zone but it's actually very scary at the same time because if they needed to stop quickly don't know if they could."
FLORENCE - In Florence County, more people work in forestry-related jobs than in any other industry.
"It's unbelievable, the way I put it," said logger Jaden Streu. "There are a lot, a lot of jobs and a lot of people that are retiring."
Streu graduated from Florence High School this spring and immediately went to work for his family's business, CTL Timber Harvesting.
Streu was among the presenters at Wednesday's Log-A-Load educational day at Florence.
"I think the big thing is, this industry is changing, from some of the equipment [the students] saw that was working here today. It's highly technical equipment," Florence District Administrator Ben Niehaus said.
"My favorite station was the sawmill," said Florence fourth grader Hannah Holdaway. "I didn't know that they cut it with a machine. I thought they just cut it with a saw."
"I think they leave here with a whole different perspective of, 'Wow, this isn't just a chainsaw and something that looks like a bulldozer that picks wood up and decks it on a log truck. There's a lot more to it,'" Niehaus said.
People like Streu would like to leave a positive impression of the forestry industry on students.
"We hope that they leave [saying], 'This ain't bad. This is a good thing,'" he said.
Hopefully, as Streu sees it, some of these learners will someday become his coworkers in the forest.
"We need the younger generation to come in, like me, to take it over and keep it going," Streu said. "It's a family business and I can have kids, hopefully, and be able to show them and bring them up in it and keep it going generations after generations."
Students from both Florence and Wabeno came to the Log-A-Load day.
RHINELANDER - Hockey players in Rhinelander will see some big changes.
After getting a large anonymous donation, the Rhinelander Ice Association will get a new training area, weight room, locker room, and more.
Since work began in August, framing for the building has gone up and dry wall will be put in next week.
"Just the whole project is really exciting and really going to come together and improve Rhinelander, and improve athletics in Rhinelander," said Rhinelander Ice Association Rink Manager Brett Aylesworth.
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