“We are ready to turn the new space over to Vilas County,” courthouse addition project manager Eric Engstrom of the Samuels Group reported “and are looking at the date of August 24th.”

They will start meeting with county departments set to move into the $11 million addition focusing on the second floor which will be completed first. Final landscaping is underway with paving of the entry location and east exit. All visitors and staff will be using the new main entrance for the next couple of months.

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One person died and several unspecified injuries to bus passengers happened early Saturday in Lincoln county when a car driving the wrong way on four-lane Highway 51 collided head on with a passenger bus. The highway was closed nearly 5 hours.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department reports the head-on crash happened around 3 a.m. near county "Q". Deputies report the car driver was driving south in the northbound lanes when it collided with a Lamers bus.

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WASHINGTON - According to the latest numbers, the leisure and hospitality industry, which includes restaurant and retail jobs, added 62,000 jobs last month.

The Lakeland Barbershop Chorus performed live in WXPR's White Pine Room on Saturday, July 22nd. Our thanks to the chorus for stopping in.

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We told you yesterday about an offer from the Rhinelander District Library to give away viewing goggles for the upcoming solar eclipse.

If you waited, you're too late.

Today is August 11. If you put the date into numbers, it's 8-1-1. 8-1-1 is also the number you dial to make sure you don't cut underground utility lines.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen talks about Digger's Hotline...

" goes back to the number 8-1-1. That's the number that anyone who is planning to dig or excavate must call. That goes to Digger's Hotline here in Wisconsin to have underground utilities marked. What we want people to do is call at least 3 working days before they begin their digging or excavation project...."

"Disturbing" Number Of Wisconsin Vets Homeless, Hungry

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Wisconsin News Connection is here.

MADISON, Wis. - The most recent Census Bureau estimates for Wisconsin say of more than 6,000 homeless people, at least 500 are veterans. Often, returning veterans face big challenges in acclimating to civilian life, and finding jobs and places to live. Many suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and may have physical challenges as well.

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It's possible batteries that were overcharged ignited a fire Thursday that led to a garage being a total loss.

Rhinelander firefighters were called to Balsam Street shortly after 9:00 a.m.

When they arrived, flames were shooting upward. Fire Chief Terry Williams told WJFW TV that family members heard loud popping sounds and found the garage on fire.

Williams said batteries were charging in the garage and possibly became overcharged. No injuries were reported.


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The Hodag Is Only Part Of The Rhinelander Brand

Recently a group of Rhinelander community volunteers called "Forward Rhinelander" saw a presentation by consultant Alison Schiek about rebranding the city to be more than just the "Home of the Hodag". Next, Ken Krall talks with Melinda Childs from Forward Rhinelander about the effort....

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