TOMAHAWK - After two days of storms tore through the Northwoods, there will be plenty of clean up to do.
Strong winds ripped off the roof of this garage and cracked trees in half near Tomahawk.
That was along Highway D east of Tomahawk between Birch Road and Highway A.
The owner says the Fire Department called him around 9:00 last night to tell him about the damage.
Pieces of the roof and insulation from that garage were thrown across the highway.
Last night's lightening and wind also caused a lot of down power lines and blown fuses.
"Since yesterday afternoon, we have restored power more than 26,000 customers. We are working to restore power across the Northwoods. We still have 5,000 customers without power, mainly concentrated in the Minocqua-Lakeland area and Rhinelander area," said WPS community relations leader Leah Van Zile.
WPS crews worked throughout the night to restore power.
They hope to have power completely back on this evening.
WPS reminds you to stay away from down power lines and to call them to report any outages.
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.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
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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