RHINELANDER - John Mikalauski, the manager at Birchfield Nurseries in Rhinelander, has had a great growing year because of hotter than normal temperatures.
But now he says it's time to get ready for a chill.
"If gets to thirty degrees, I don't care. It's just fine," said Mikalauski.
He thinks you should welcome the new season for the plants in your yard, too.
"A healthy plant makes it through the winter a lot better than a stressed plant," he said. "We want to shut them down so they can prepare themselves for the winter time."
Mikalauski advises that plants must go dormant. Cool and damp soil is key to help them sleep until spring, except for sensitive plants.
"The ones that are going to be touchy is some of your vegetables and definitely your annual flowers," he said. "Those are the ones you are going to want to protect. You're going to want to put some bed sheets over them or something to keep the frost off them."
Mikalauski says as long as gardeners stop the growing phase and let their plants rest, they should make it through the winter just fine.
The National Weather Service issued a frost advisory for Friday.
There's a vacant school in the village of Mattoon, southeast of Antigo.
He wants to buy it and turn it into a Christian community center, and, someday, a school.
Reimer says the community is behind him.
But the Unified School District of Antigo is not.
In 2016, people in Mattoon fought as the district closed the school, saying rural elementary schools like Mattoon were too expensive to run. A year later, many of the same people tried unsuccessfully to open their own school district.
RHINELANDER - Staff working in the YMCA's Children's Learning Center in Rhinelander enjoy what they do.
Many of the staff members have been there for 20 to 30 years. Some are looking to retire soon, which creates opportunities for new workers
They have full time and part time positions open. Those willing to get the proper certification to work there can get some help from the YMCA.
"We can help by tuition reimbursement," said YMCA Child Care Director Diane Zarembka. "There's a couple other programs out there, the T.E.A.C.H. program, that can help with getting people to take credit classes or getting certificates."
An earlier version of this report conflated the two criminal complaints filed against contractor Gerald Stodola.
The first complaint filed February 14, concerns Stodola and a homeowner who alleges Stodola failed to inform the homeowner of a delay in construction. The first complaint also alleges theft by contractor.
The second complaint also filed February 14, concerns Stodola and the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, whose leaders also allege theft by contractor. They believe Stodola used money meant for a new chamber building for other purposes.
The defense argued in both cases that the plaintiffs, both represented by the Asst. District Attorney, did not show probable cause in their complaints.
Judge Neal Nielsen rejected the defenses motion to dismiss the first complaint, saying the fact that Stodola did not finish the job he was hired to do was evidence enough to show probable cause.
Nielsen rejected the defenses motion to dismiss the second complaint because Stodla himself mentioned using funds for the St. Germain project for something else. Nielsen believed that showed probable cause.
Preliminary hearings for both cases are set for September 18, 2019. ______________________________________________________________________________________
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