Antigo has been home to a unique business for more than 60 years, and now it is host to an equally unique downtown park. Dean and Polly Blazek have developed the park on a vacant lot at Fifth Avenue and Clermont Street at the center of the downtown district, erecting historic and rare signs, some of them dating to the days before Blazek was born. We wanted to do something for the community, the Blazeks explained. They have taken steps to keep the signs erected and the neon blazing for years to come. We also wanted to leave something to … Continue reading
Paul Grinde, President of Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County, welcomed guests to the Habitat for Humanity Open House on Saturday, November 14 by saying “This is a time to celebrate.” Nearly 900 hours of work by friends, family, and Habitat volunteers completed the home for David, Theresa, and Casey Ferrel on Lincoln Street in Antigo. But it’s a lot more than that. The group continues to build community. This year, they have completed two Brush with Kindness (BWK) projects – existing homes are repaired to make them safe and sound for their occupants. Several more BWK projects are on … Continue reading
Thirteen Assembly Republicans representing districts that cover all corners of the state met in Antigo on Thursday for a behind-the-scenes tour of northern Wisconsin’s logging and forestry industry. The tour was organized by 35th Assembly Rep. Rep. Mary Czaja of Irma, whose district includes Antigo, and 34th Assemblyman Rep. Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander. They were joined by eleven colleagues, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester, Assistant Majority Leader Dan Knodl of Germantown, Joint Finance Co-Chair John Nygren of Marinette, and Forestry Chair Jeff Mursau of Crivitz, whose 36th District includes White Lake and eastern Langlade County. “Here in the … Continue reading
Hydratight, one of the steady industries on the north side of Antigo, will be expanding during 2016. A spokesman for Actuant, the parent company of Hydratight, explained that the production facilities here will be growing as it takes over some of the production that was being done in a plant in Red Wing, Minn. There are signs that things are happening at the plant located at the intersection of Ackley and Clermont streets. Utility flags are planted everywhere to mark everything from buried electrical to gas and water lines. And a number of stakes are in the ground, suggesting where … Continue reading
Students from across the Antigo school district got a firsthand look at one of Langlade County’s showcase industries—logging—at Crestwood Elementary School on Friday. Steve Marshall Logging donated a day of service by logging the forest at Crestwood, and instructors turned it into an educational opportunity for high school students in agricultural science, forest science and construction classes along with most of the fifth graders from the district. “This is one way of getting out the initiatives that are being implemented to showcase our industry here n Langlade County,” Angie Close, executive director of the Langlade County Economic Development Corporation, said. … Continue reading
Students from the Unified School District of Antigo’s attended a logging demonstration at Crestwood Elementary School on Friday, October 23, 2015. They learned how Wisconsin’s Forests become a sustainable forest. They had a first hand view of how trees are harvested and then made into lumber.
The average logger in Langlade County will turn anywhere from 50 to 60 years old this year. That statistic worries economic leaders because forestry is one of the county’s biggest industries. “Our average logger right now is between 50 and 60 years of age,” says Angie Close, the Executive Director of the Langlade County Economic Development Corporation. “It’s an industry we want to make sure continues to grow and continues to thrive.” In order to preserve the industry, loggers are trying to appeal to kids. They held a logging demo at Crestwood Elementary School Friday, where the kids got to … Continue reading
Crews are surging ahead on plans for a new apartment complex on Antigo’s north side, already completing the pads for several of the six planned buildings in a race to beat the wintertime snows. S.C. Swiderski LLC of Mosinee broke ground on the complex, located just east of North Star Lanes, in September, with hopes of having the first 16-unit building ready for occupancy by the end of April, 2016, and the second just two months later. Plans call for a total of 88 one, two and three bedroom apartments. Source: Antigo Daily Journal
‘One of downtown Antigo’s most durable businesses, the Dixie Lunch is marking its 70th year in business next week. Gary “Gus” Ourada and his sister, Sue, are manning the restaurant and Fifth Avenue Lounge just a heartbeat away, maintaining a tradition established by their parents, Ed and Georgian Ourada, seven decades ago. They explained that during the coming week they will be offering special prices on an assortment of daily specials and gifts and prizes . Gus and Sue noted that one of the prizes is a dozen kolaches, right from the Dixie kitchen, just as they have been for … Continue reading
Wisconsin Procurement Institute will be holding a program on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 on Government Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses at Northcentral Technical College – Antigo Campus in Room WT 108A. Registration will start at 8:30 am. Program starts at 9:00 am. For more information go to Government Contracting Opportunities.