RHINELANDER - The Oneida County Highway Department may need to relocate.
Kwik Trip has made a formal offer to purchase the current highway department building for a new Kwik Trip location.
If the purchase is approved, the highway department will move facilities. The details of the proposal have yet to be released, but the county board has discussed the proposal in numerous closed sessions.
The board met for a meeting today.
"A basic package has been prepared that we'll review with the county board, talking about the advantages of moving the highway department, the cost of upgrading our current facility and other issues," said chairperson of the Oneida County Board David Hintz.
This package will be presented in a meeting on Thursday August 25 at 9:30 AM.
The public is welcome to attend the open session, but the meeting will close while the board discusses specifics of the proposal.
Many county board members have toured the highway facility to gauge just how much upgrading needs to be done.
Although it will cost more money to move to a new location, selling the building to Kwik Trip offers the county certain advantages.
"If we do sell the property to Kwik Trip, and they develop the property with a store and potentially other retail locations, it puts that property back on the tax roll," said Hintz.
Plus, the new upgrades to the facility could increase the assessed value of the neighborhood.
A decision is not guaranteed from Thursday's special meeting, but the board will give the proposal strong consideration.
The board expects a Kwik Trip representative to attend the meeting to answer any questions.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
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