RHINELANDER - The old WPS building near the Oneida County Courthouse will soon have a new owner.
The building has been bought by a Rhinelander company.
Newswatch 12 spoke with Oneida County's Land Information director about the decision.
The old WPS building on Davenport Street in downtown Rhinelander has been empty for at least three years.
But that will soon change.
The Oneida County Board voted unanimously to sell the former building for $185,000 this morning.
That's more than $360,000 less than they wanted.
The buyer, Midwest Lease, LLC, said he couldn't go over his offer.
"He did point out that he was nervous about the situation and felt that $185,000 that he was offering for the building is probably going to be the least expensive part of the entire plan for the building with the renovations he would have to do to it." said Oneida County Land Information director, Mike Romportl.
The board had another offer from Boyd Financial Services that they turned down in January.
Boyd offered to rent 40 percent of the space from the county.
That's if they agreed to remodel the building.
The Oneida County Land Information Director says they went with their second option because there was no strings attached.
"Mr Boyd did have one other option which he would have purchased the building and would have considered leasing it to somebody else," Romportl.
"But that was like number three; low priority. He preferred to lease it back to the county."
The sale is expected to close in 30 days.
We tried to reach out the new owners to see what they have planned for the building, but they were out of town.
MERRILL - Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he didn't want to spend too much time at the Republican National Convention last week because he wanted to get back to campaigning in his home state.
The senator from Oshkosh stopped at the Lincoln County Fair on Saturday.
He faces a tight races against former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis).
Johnson gave a speech on Tuesday in Cleveland about national security, as he is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.
He seems pleased with the Republican presidential ticket.
"I think it's really complimentary to the skills Donald Trump brings to the table," Johnson said. "You got Donald Trump with the private sector experience. You got Mike Pence with a real record accomplishment both in the House and as the governor of Indiana. I think it's a pretty good pairing."
He said he wouldn't pay too much attention to the speeches at the Democratic National Convention this week.
"They've got their ticket, we've got our ticket," Johnson said. "They'll make a bunch of promises they can't deliver on. And what we're going to focus on is economic growth, strengthen our economy so we can strengthen our military, so we can defeat ISIS and secure our borders."
SHAWANO COUNTY - UPDATE 5:13 p.m.--Police say six people, including children, were taken to area hospitals after two sport utility vehicles carrying Boy Scouts crashed in Shawano County.
The accident happened Saturday morning on Highway 29 near Bonduel.
Police say one of the SUVs was towing a trailer with equipment. The driver of that vehicle went off the roadway then overcorrected and lost control. The second SUV hit the first, and both went off the road. The trailer flipped and the second SUV landed partially on top of the first.
Bonduel police Chief Todd Chaney tells the Green Bay Press Gazette that one of the injured, a troop leader, was airlifted to St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay with a head injury.
Chaney said he didn't think any of the injuries were life threatening.
MADISON - State attorneys have asked a federal judge to stay a ruling allowing people to vote without photo identification in November's election pending an appeal.
In Milwaukee this week, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued a preliminary injunction allowing people who haven't been able to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 election if they sign an affidavit explaining why they couldn't get the identification.
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