EAGLE RIVER - The Eagle River Union Airport will see some much needed upgrades in the coming months. Its jet runway, runway 422, is about 40 years old and isn't in the best condition.
The reconstruction project will start on Monday, which means the runway will close for about two months.
Airport Manager Rob Hom says that right now the maintenance cost for the runway is about $20,000 a year. The airport will be paying $30,000 of the $1.5 million cost of the reconstruction project. Ninety percent of the payment will come from the Airport Improvement Program.
"It entails removing the blacktop that's in place right now, grinding it up, regrading it, compacting it, [and] then putting another four inches of asphalt right back on top again," Hom said.
The airport will also get new runway LED lights along the edges. Hom says it's an exciting time for the airport because it was time for the runway to be replaced.
"The pavement is brittle. It's just aged to the point where it doesn't flex anymore, so the cracking is significant," Horn said. "There [are] a couple of places where we've got some pretty wide cracks."
Hom says that during the reconstruction process of the jet runway, aircraft will have to go to Rhinelander or the Lakeland Airport.
Eagle River's second runway, crosswind, will stay open until August 14. When the intersection is being worked on, the airport will be closed for about four weeks and will re-open in the middle of September.
PARK FALLS - Many families began their Thanksgiving Day with a run this morning. Topping off the holiday with a "trot" around town may not appeal to everyone, but for these families it was a way to spend time with one another.
"Trot now so we can pie later," said Steph Schultz, a runner in the Park Falls Turkey Trot.
Families used the Turkey Trot 5K in Park Falls as a way to bond.
MERRILL - Most people enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with family. But the Merrill firefighters spend their Thanksgiving at the station with their second family, their coworkers. Community members stepped in to make sure the firefighters still had a special Thanksgiving while they were working.
It might be Thanksgiving, but for the Merrill Fire Department, it's just another day
But it is a day with more turkey, stuffing, and pies.
"We had a couple of community organizations that dropped off meals for us which we're definitely grateful for," said firefighter and paramedic Bryson Cruise.
The job doesn't stop for firefighters and Thanksgiving is no exception.
So Park City Credit Union and Hands of Hope wanted to thank the firefighters for their service with a home cooked Thanksgiving meal.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - You might be planning on waiting in line on Black Friday or sitting behind a computer on Cyber Monday. But in Rhinelander and other Northwoods cities, Small Business Saturday is another day to mark on the calendar.
Dawn Allen sold her goods at craft shows for years, but had always wanted to try something different.
"It was my dream to open up a shop one day," said Allen, the owner of Briar House on Keenen Street. So she opened Briar House in Rhinelander 21 years ago.
Allen sells women's clothes, shoes, accessories and has a full espresso bar.
But one of her favorite parts of the job is the community support.
"It's like a family here, it's more of a destination coming here I believe," said Allen.
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