EAGLE RIVER - In a few months' time, more than 300 people will lose their jobs in Rhinelander. Announcements that Drs. Foster and Smith and Rhinelander's Shopko location would close came just a month apart, but those closings won't just affect Rhinelander itself.
"It's devastating," said Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) Executive Director Bob Egan. "You know we do demographics and many of the people from the Eagle River area and Vilas County work in Rhinelander."
Egan says while plenty of people in Vilas County are hiring, not all of them are full-time jobs. For the full-time jobs that do exist, he says they aren't hiring at a rate that would solve the problem entirely.
Earlier in February there was a sigh of relief when Rhinelander wasn't on a list of Shopko locations would be closing. But roughly a week later, the company added Rhinelander to that list.
That last minute addition leaves other communities like Eagle River wondering what might happen to their Shopko locations. For Egan the Shopko closing in particular is concerning since the same thing could potentially happen in Eagle River.
"In Rhinelander you at least have some other competing stores; you have Hobby Lobby and that whereas we really don't have any of that in Eagle River," said Egan. "So it's definitely going to be a loss if that's the case, if they do go."
Eagle River's Shopko management was not able to comment, but there is no indication the store will close.
Eagan believes the Errand Solutions in Land O' Lakes and Lac du Flambeau's Business Development Corporation have some full-time job opportunities available.
The attorney for Robin Mendez today tried to convince the jury that another man, one who was upset with Mendez's wife, could have been the one who killed her back in 1982. You'll hear some of the testimony from a witness who may have seen that man the night of the murder.
Some Rhinelander residents have been without phone, internet and cable services for about 2 weeks, and they want some answers from Frontier. We'll bring you the details and talk with some of those frustrated customers.
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We'll bring you all this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
PHILLIPS - A Northwoods organization that aims to help domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors now offers it's services online. Thanks to RAINN, a national anti-sexual assault group, Embrace can now host anonymous support groups for survivors.
Embrace serves Price, Rusk, Washburn, and Barron counties. Domestic Violence Program Coordinator Angela Frieze says it can be hard to get people to attend in-person support groups.
RHINELANDER - An 18-year-old nursing assistant accused of sexually assaulting at least two elderly patients pleaded not guilty on Monday.
Jacob Schlosser was in Oneida County court for his arraignment, facing three 2nd-degree sexual assault felonies.
He was first charged with sexually assaulting an 80-year-old patient during bath time at Avanti in Minocqua last month. Two days after police started their investigation, another patient came forward saying Schlosser assaulted them, too.
EAGLE RIVER - In thinking about which color goes best with their red superhero shirts Monday, Eagle River Walgreens employees decided white fit rather nicely. But getting chosen to fling pies filled with white whipped cream didn't exactly leave Bri Sandrone green with envy.
"I actually didn't want to, I wanted to have somebody else do it," Sandrone explained, with a laugh.
Wearing her "everyday superhero" cape and shirt, Sandrone found the courage to toss the pies in her bosses' faces.
MINOCQUA - According to a Nestle frozen foods representative, Wisconsin ranks number one per capita in frozen pizza consumption in the United States. A lot of the best-selling brands are based in the badger state.
Orv's, Brew Pub, and Roma pizza brands are all made by Bernatello's Foods in Outagamie County. Bernatello's National Sales Manager Denny Terrance said frozen pizza has become a staple food in Wisconsin.
"A lot of that is based towards the quality of the meats that you see on the market these days, the premium toppings that you see," said Terrance.
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