RHINELANDER - The new year brings new changes to Rhinelander.
Maggie Steffen started as the new executive director at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce last week.
She replaces Bill Clow, who was let go by the Chamber board of directors last October.
As a Rhinelander native and former executive director of Downtown Rhinelander Inc., Steffen knows the area well and is excited to serve the community.
"I think the whole city itself is posed in a very interesting spot right now, and it's going to be really fun to be a part of it and the Chamber is a big part of a lot of things that happen, not only in the community but in the area," Steffen said.
Steffen hopes she won't be the only new face at the Chamber this year.
The Board of Directors is currently looking for new board members.
"We're going to start doing things and we need an active board, and we need people that have great resources, that can help us, both personally or just because they know someone, people that are willing to devote a little bit of their time. We're not asking for a lot of their time," said Steffen. "Pick a project, pick a program, and help us get it done and get it out there."
If you're interested in joining the board of directors, you should reach out to the Chamber of Commerce.
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
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