Can’t Beet This: Farmer Encourages Dairy Farmers to Incorporate Sugar Beet into Feed

October 22, 2014

Wisconsin is the official dairy state, but one Langlade County farmer is working to bring back a crop to that title even greater, through sugar beets. Rine Ridge Farms in Bryant is the only farm growing sugar beets in the state, but they are hoping this cow super-food will catch on throughout the Midwest. On Tuesday, several dairy farmers and farm technicians from all over the Midwest showed up to the farm as they harvested it to see if the crop is something worth investing in. “The cows milk better on it. That’s been proven by a couple of dairies,” said Rine Ridge Farms Co-Owner … Continue reading

Couple Opens Pet Food Store in Antigo, Their Goal is Healthy Animals

October 22, 2014

Dan and Shirlee Gallagher want a community filled with healthy pets and happy owners.The Gallaghers, who live in Lac du Flambeau, are the owners of Pawz n’ Clawz, an all-natural pet food store that has just opened its doors at 803 Superior St.“We do this because we enjoy it and we want to provide quality products for people and pets,” Gallagher said. “None of our food has any corn, wheat or soy that are so prevalent these days in the big box stores or grocery stores.”Pawz n’ Clawz caters to all-things canine and feline, with a complete line of natural … Continue reading

Upgrades at Swimming Pool Make a Big Difference in Cost, Energy Being Saved

October 22, 2014

Upgrades to the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center, funded entirely by donations, have netted the Antigo school district significant energy savings and a big check.On Monday, representatives of Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, along with Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, presented the Antigo Unified School District with an incentive check for $19,358.04 following the completion of a project to install new air handling equipment at the indoor pool complex.The new air handling units will have lower electrical demand due to its ability to control the humidity levels without the need for mechanical cooling. The … Continue reading

NTC’s Wood Program Offering Rare Opportunity for Public Access

October 20, 2014

Northcentral Technical College’s Wood Technology Center is offering a rare opportunity for the general public to work in a state-of-the-art facility, under the direction of a renowned craftsman.Tom Gallenberg will lead a mini-course on designing and constructing a custom dining room chair beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. in the center, located on the grounds of the technical college’s Antigo campus.“We hope that this will be the start of more to come,” Travis Allen, wood technology center instructor, said. “This gives the general public an opportunity to use the facility.”After the initial hour program, the course will continued on Oct. 23, … Continue reading

Park View Breaks Ground For Project In Antigo

August 1, 2014

Antigo Housing Authority commissioners and Park View Manor staff gathered this week for a ceremonial ground-breaking to mark the start of construction on a $3.4 million renovation that will completely revamp the building.“It has been a marathon event taking us over three years to complete,” Housing Authority Director Mary Pavek said. “Our resident family at Park View, our future residents, and the community as a whole will benefit for years to come from this effort.” The project dates to May, 2011 when the Housing Authority partnered with Commonwealth Companies of Fond du Lac for the redevelopment of its housing stock in … Continue reading

Big Langlade Project Underway

July 30, 2014

It was out with the old in preparation for the new at Langlade Ford Monday afternoon.Minutes after a ceremonial ground-breaking for a major renovation, heavy equipment from Krueger & Steinfest rolled onto the site and began demolishing the old showroom and offices, a major step in a renovation that has been quietly underway for weeks.The project is being coordinated by Keller, which is spread across a number of locations in the state including Milwaukee, Madison, Fox Cities and Wausau. It will add 12,380 square feet of area to the dealership. While the building has been updated since it was constructed, new … Continue reading

Langlade Ford Expands in Antigo

May 14, 2014

Construction equipment will roll onto the Langlade Ford property on Antigo’s northside during early June for a major renovation of the dealership’s sales, office, marketing areas and the body shop.Chris Corr, who owns and operates the busy Ford sales and service firm at 2530 Neva Rd., explained that the project is being coordinated by Keller, who have completed the planning and architectural projects and are waiting to swing into action of the construction phase.Keller, which is spread across a number of locations in the state including Milwaukee, Madison, Fox Cities and Wausau, will place John Elrick and Steve Klessig in … Continue reading

Sartori Breaks Ground For Big Expansion In Antigo And Plymouth

May 8, 2014

Sartori Company officials, joined by Gov. Scott Walker and a host of other state and local dignitaries, held a ceremonial ground-breaking for a massive expansion at its Antigo plant this morning.The $14 million project will be spread across Sartori’s Antigo and Plymouth facilities, but the lion’s share of the work—over $11 million—will take place in Antigo.The project is expected to create 53 new jobs.“That’s not just 53 jobs, that’s 53 families who will be supported by jobs at a great company,” Walker said. “That’s something to cheer about.”Walker joined Sartori CEO Jim Sartori in unveiling the expansion plans for Antigo, … Continue reading

Proposed Scenic Byway Takes Step Forward With Planning Meeting

April 24, 2014

Mole Lake – You can drive along plenty of scenic stretches of roads across Northern Wisconsin. However, the state of Wisconsin only considers one stretch of highway in the Northwoods as an official scenic byway. Leaders in a handful of counties want to change that by earning a distinction from Wisconsin’s Scenic Byways program. They held a public planning meeting in Mole Lake Wednesday. The proposed scenic highway, The Wolf River Nicolet Scenic Byway, is a more than 100 mile stretch of Highway 55. It stretches from Langlade, in Langlade County, north to the Michigan boarder. Richard Ackley, Board of … Continue reading

Johnson Coil In Antigo Marks 80th Anniversary

February 4, 2014

For the principals at Johnson Electric Coil Company, it’s all about the people first—their customers and their employees—with the product second. “Transformers are just what we make,” Bill Bockes, CEO, said. “The organization and all the people in it are really what we’re all about.” Johnson Electric Coil is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, an admirable goal for any business but one made more special by the tight-knit, motivated group of owners and employees who serve as the nucleus of eight decades of success. “People are the most important part of our company,” Bill Johnson, who now serves in … Continue reading