The Lac du Flambeau tribe is moving forward with a plan to bring high speed internet access to the Lakeland area. The tribe has formed Ogema Communications, a company it hopes will deliver broadband access not only to tribal lands, but other parts of the Northwoods. Tribal spokesman Brandon Thoms says access to high-speed internet would stimulate job and business growth.
“There’s a huge need for reliable service throughout the Northwoods. And the tribe is looking to fill that need, or fill that void through the creation of Ogema Communications.”
State tourism officials are harnessing some star power for a new fall tourism campaign. A 90-second television ad released last week features football star Jordy Nelson, and is directed by Jerry Zucker, producer of the movie Airplane. Danielle Johnson from the state Department of Tourism says the ad tells viewers, ‘there’s no place like fall in Wisconsin.’
Three Lakes plans to pay its fire chief starting next year - at least a small amount.
An outgoing volunteer fire chief went before the town board this week to request that future fire chiefs get a small stipend to cover travel and other incidental costs. Town Chair Stella Westfall says the budget committee still has to decide how much that stipend will be.
A Rhinelander Catholic school is hoping to take part in the state’s expanded school voucher program. Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School is one of 48 schools statewide that registered for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. It allows low-income students to attend private or religious schools using a state-funded voucher. Nativity Catholic School Principal Shirley Heise says it’s an opportunity for some families to afford a faith-based education.
Health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccines before school starts.
Laurel Dreger is a nurse with the Vilas County Health Department. She says kids and some adults who have already been vaccinated may be due for a booster shot.
“Parents can check with their health care providers or the public health department in their area, and we will look up their children’s records and let them know if they might be needing some shots before they enter school in the fall.”
Businesses in downtown Rhinelander put on their best show for an annual street fair Wednesday.
It was a breezy day on Brown Street and vendors were out in full force, selling everything from antiques to tshirts to shaved ice. Justine Whitefish is selling frybread. She's been making it for 33 years but she’s a new entrepreneur. It’s her first year at Redikulus Dae and she’s a little disappointed by the turnout.
Downtown Rhinelander is gearing up for an annual one-day street fair. Redikulus Dae is designed to bring people out to shop downtown. Executive Director for Downtown Rhinelander Inc. Maggie Steffen says it’s been a tradition for 55 years.
“I can tell you – some of us that have grown up here, it was a big deal to go downtown on that day and see your family and friends. It was a way to meet up with people that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s just a fun atmosphere – it’s not necessarily just shopping, it’s more of almost an experience.”