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.
NORTHWOODS - It seems more all-natural and specialty food stores are popping up around the Northwoods. Antigo and Three Lakes welcomed new all-natural and specialty food stores this year. And last week, Eagle River welcomed one, as well.
"We were painstaking about finding things that you cannot find at other shops here in the Eagle River area," said Homeward Bound Specialty Foods owner Patti Katz Black. She and her husband, Dave, opened their Eagle River store last week.
LAND O' LAKES - Kids in Land O' Lakes will play cartoon characters discussing their life during a play Friday. Organizers hope this helps them to show their artistic side.
You can expect to hear great sounds at Land O' Lakes Elementary School Friday. Kids from ages 6 to 14 have been learning about the art of performance this summer. They'll play cartoon characters discussing their life on a talk show.
"It's been really amazing to come to the theatre program the last two years. The first year we probably had 60, 70 people. Last year we had 100 people come to the recital," said Land O Lakes Area Artisans treasurer Lynn Richie.
CRANDON - The case against an 18-year-old Laona man will go ahead after a Forest County judge found enough evidence to move forward Wednesday.
Austin Ginter, 18, faces reckless homicide charges in Forest County after a car crash killed 15-year-old Chance Harcus. Another 16-year-old girl was also injured in the July 13th car crash on Old 8 Road west of Crandon.
New information from a preliminary hearing Wednesday shows that Ginter only had his driver's license for two weeks before the crash.
MOLE LAKE - Health workers often face different challenges on the Sokaogon Chippewa reservation in Mole Lake compared to elsewhere in the Northwoods.
"I think they're a little different. We have a (few) more challenges. Sometimes, for a lot of people, it's more crisis than prevention, or preventative services," said Tammy Queen, who works at the Sokaogon Chippewa Health Clinic. "A lot of times, they'll come in when something's bad instead of coming in before something gets really bad."
On Thursday, the tribe wanted to get people thinking about their health before problems occur.
ANTIGO - Just a few months ago, the Moore Family was looking for a new affordable home. They filled out paperwork with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter in Langlade County and were told yes.
"We look for a number of things; we look for an identified need, and the need for housing if the current housing is not serving the family's needs," said Langlade Habitat for Humanity President Paul Grinde.
For the home to become theirs, the Moore's must put in 500 sweat-equity hours divided between themselves and volunteers. Leaders say it doesn't matter what set of skills you have, all you need to do is donate a little bit of your time.
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