MERRILL - A $5 million facility that just opened in Merrill hopes to give people a place to learn more about heavy equipment and technology.
On Friday, Nortrax, a division of John Deere, celebrated the grand opening of a facility. Dozens of community members and officials were at the ribbon cutting.The process to open up the location on South Pine Ridge started a few years ago.
"We're close to the Wausau-area, which is a good construction area. We're also here to take care of our forestry customers, [who] seem to be located more [in the rural community] and we're very pleased to be close to them also," said John Deere Construction and Forestry President Max Guinn.
Guinn says people can stop for parts and get their John Deere products serviced at Nortrax.
As of right now, the opening of the new facility has created three jobs, but John Deere representatives say there could be more opportunities.
"As the market grows and our market share grows, the demand to take care of our customers will grow and the opportunities for employment will as well," said General Manager Matt Hanson.
Hanson also says there used to be facilities in Mosinee and Monico, but John Deere supervisors combined them in what they consider to be a more central location in Merrill.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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