THREE LAKES - Fifty people in Three Lakes approved a plan to tear down and rebuild the town office and police department in November. Tuesday, the board of supervisors came one step closer to making that renovation a reality.
"The plan commission thought it was a great design, approved some of the preliminary construction materials. The town board said, hey, this is a go. We also approved the funding tonight and now Three Lakes is moving ahead with a new own office project and police department," said Three Lakes Chairman Jeff Bruss.
The board hopes to break ground next spring. The project will cost about $1.6 million.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department identified the man who died after a house fire on Friday night as 35-year-old Jeffery J. Becker.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams told Newswatch 12 on Monday afternoon that an autopsy indicates Becker died from smoke inhalation, but the autopsy results and further investigation is now in the hands of the state Department of Criminal Investigations.
Crews responded to the house at 320 Rose Street, near Hodag Park, around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found Becker unresponsive on the floor. Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Becker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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