BOULDER JUNCTION - We see businesses struggle to stay open in small communities, but that's not stopping owners from opening a grocery store in Boulder Junction.
The Coontail Market will open on the corner of County M and Main Street.
People from neighboring communities were using the Coontail Corner convenience store as a grocery store, so the owners decided to expand the building.
"Instead of having the traditional convenience store items that people are accustomed to seeing a convenience store, we ended up having more groceries," says Coontail Market co-owner Steve Coon.
Fewer than 1,000 people live in Boulder Junction. But people from Land O'Lakes, Presque Isle, and other neighboring communities use the convenience store regularly. That's why the owners are confident the market will do well.
"Both the locals and the tourists alike would prefer to stay in Boulder Junction for their shopping needs. It's just something that we think we can do for the community that will fit well with what we do already and it will kind of bring a little more vitality to this corner which is already busy," Coon added.
The grocery store is expected to open in late June.
RHINELANDER - Wild Instincts celebrated the release of BBC's "Supercharged Otters," which filmed at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.
Saturday's viewing at Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander had a complementary showing of the episode.
The episode features otters that spent seven months with Rehabilitation Director Mark Naniot and his team.
The episode gives people a look into the life of an otter.
"Like everything else it's the web of life. Everything's all interconnected and even if it's just the pure enjoyment of watching an otter swim or catch a fish and seeing how playful they are sliding down a mudslide or sliding through the snow that alone is immeasurable really," said Naniot.
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