RHINELANDER - Every single community across the country is trying to hold the pieces together during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce is doing their part in trying to rally the community together.
The Chamber's mission during the safer at home order is to be a source of valid information.
You can find resource pages on its website and positive stories and missions on its social media.
Rhinelander Chamber Director Lauren Sackett says she believes the community will come out even stronger after the pandemic.
"Its exciting to see the different changes people have made to their businesses as well. So I think that things can only go up from here and I think our community is really great for times like this," Sackett said.
This week the chamber is hosting a virtual Rhinelander Spirit week.
Its asking people to post fun, new pictures each day to keep positivity in our lives.
Some of the topics are Medical Monday to support healthcare workers, Twining Tuesday and Flowery Friday.
You can find the link to the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page down below.
Prosecutors on Wednesday filed a tougher charge against the police officer at the center of the George Floyd case and charged three other officers, delivering a victory to protesters galvanized by a death that roused racial tensions and unleashed coast-to-coast unrest.
The most serious charge was filed against Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video pressing his knee to Floyd's neck and now must defend himself against an accusation of second-degree murder. The three other officers at the scene - Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao - were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. All four were fired last week.
PHILLIPS - The coronavirus took a toll on the Phillips community.
"It's been some very uncertain times here in the Phillips area, and as soon as these banners went up it was just a huge uplifting thing," said Stacie Prochnow of Phillips. "It's been great to be able to just show some respect for the veterans that are living in our area or have lived in our area and just to kind of boost our spirits in a very difficult time across the nation."
Stacie Prochnow partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to put up 18 banners of veterans past and present, all with a tie to the Phillips area.
They're also on the Chamber of Commerce website, where Prochnow wants to add pictures of the veterans' relatives under their banner. She's already taken her picture.
"We're standing underneath the banner that I had sponsored for my father-in-law," said Prochnow. "He was a World War II veteran in the United States Navy."
All 18 of the veterans sacrificed to put their country first, and to this day, they still inspire others in the face of hard times.
"It is just a wonderful opportunity for me to show my support for all the dedication that they have done over the years to support our country," said Prochnow.
The banners will be up until Veteran's Day.
You can learn about the honored veterans on the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce website.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (RAFP) dispersed hundreds of boxes of food to community members Wednesday. A line of cars could be seen stretching from the pantry all the way to Home Depot.
Linda and Henry Delisle were some of the many waiting in line for their box of food.
"We've never done this before," said Linda.
Normally, people qualify for the food pantry based on their income. But on Wednesday, anyone in need could come pick up a box of food, no questions asked. General manager Jane Motowski said it's all thanks to a program called 'Farmers to Families.'
MADISON - Wisconsin environmental regulators will consider high-capacity wells' impact on surrounding water bodies when issuing permits, aligning with Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul's stance on the issue.
EAGLE RIVER - Amid concerns of COVID-19, the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, along with the Eagle River Business Association and VFW Post 8637, announced the decision to postpone the Fourth of July Parade, Fireworks, and Party in the Street until 2021.
NORTHERN WI - The State of Wisconsin will start to take applications for money to help small businesses get back on their feet.
The 75 million dollar "We're All in Small Business Grant" intends to touch 30 thousand small businesses--distributing 2,500 dollars to each one.
The Oneida County Department of Economic Development says the money will be focused on all areas of Wisconsin including the Northwoods
"The great news is this is not a first come first serve program, it's done really by area and by need," director, Jeff Verdoon,said. "The aid will be divided up by region so we have a good chance for our businesses up here to be able to receive the money."
During the safer at home order, local businesses could apply for small businesses loans, but some had trouble getting approved--others couldn't qualify.
The Rhinelander chamber of commerce which will work closely with businesses applying, says this program is much different from other grants, executive director Lauren Sackett added.
"Some of those other grants require you to already have financial loans," Sackett said. "[The We're All in Grant] will also look at who has already received funding to try and determine essential businesses who may have been missed."
Unlike different programs that may have more restrictions and requirements, local businesses find this application process fairly easy.
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