WAUSAU - A new furniture gallery at the Wausau Center mall hopes to bring back customers and jobs to the struggling shopping center.
After a soft opening earlier this summer that store officially opened Tuesday.
HOM Furniture cut the ribbon on its new Wausau store with the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce and members of the community in attendance.
Owner Rod Johansen said he's happy to be supporting the Wausau area. He said Marathon County was a prime location to grow HOM's distribution network in Wisconsin.
"We felt that Wausau was a market that could use additional resources, being out here kind of in middle of its own area," said Johansen. "Its kind of a retail trade center and so we look at those as places we would like to support."
Johansen said HOM will also support the community with new jobs it hopes to fill soon. On the HOM website, there are currently six open positions for the Wausau location.
Johansen said when he found out in July the Wausau Center was up for sale, he wasn't discouraged but saw it as a new opportunity.
"[If] Somebody getting involved in it that's going to be more interested in turning it into an asset and doing something with it; we're thinking that there will be some good opportunities," said Johansen.
HOM is hosting a grand opening sale through the rest of this week.
RHINELANDER - Donations to members of the military will fill the lobbies of local banks soon as part of a care package donation drive.
Rhinelander's Military Support Group kicked off its 19th donation drive this fall, partnering with People's State Bank for the third year.
"We have vets working for us, we have families of vets, a lot of our base is vets, that's just a strong community base for us," said commercial banking specialist Stacy Timm.
Nearly 7,300 items were donated in 2017 and 8,900 items were collected last year.
A brat fry earlier this month, raised just under 700 dollars to help send those donations to veterans and active duty service members.
Support group member LeRoy Eades said donations mostly go to Wisconsin service members who can't make it home for the holidays.
"A lot of them won't be home for Christmas, so this is just a little piece of Christmas we're giving to them," said Eades.
Peoples State will accept donations until Veterans Day on November 11. Donation drop-offs can be found at bank locations in Rhinelander, Wausau, Rib Mountain, Weston, Eagle River, Minocqua and Marathon.
ST. GERMAIN - Few things can ruin a Friday night fish fry in Wisconsin - except maybe a lack of fish.
"A lot of those Lake Erie perch are ending up on the plates of Wisconsin restaurants and Wisconsin suppliers, so when something happens to Lake Erie … then the restaurants and suppliers can feel that," said DNR Fisheries Supervisor David Boyarski.
Faced with a shortage of yellow lake perch, Cathy Kuske, DJ's Northwoods Family Restaurant manager, has found a way to combat the issue.
"When I ask the distributor how much they have, he'll tell me how many cases and I'll order twice as many cases as I normally do, just so we don't run out," said Kuske.
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. and By Request Web Designs shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.