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News from the North: Rhinelander, Wausau, Minocqua, Oneida County

10:14 PM, Apr. 5, 2013  |  Comments
Sen. Tom Tiffany has sold Wisconsin River Cruises and the Wilderness Queen to Ben and Patty Zastrow of Rhinelander.
Sen. Tom Tiffany has sold Wisconsin River Cruises and the Wilderness Queen to Ben and Patty Zastrow of Rhinelander.
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State Sen. Tom Tiffany announced last month that he sold his river cruise business after more than 20 years of ownership.

Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, sold Rhinelander-based Wisconsin River Cruises to Ben and Patty Zastrow of Rhinelander. Patty Zastrow has worked with the company for six years.

Tiffany cited his legislative responsibilities as the reason behind the sale.

"Increasingly, my time has been divided by personal responsibilities that kept me from dedicating the necessary time to promote our business," he said in a news release. "Patty's experience, enthusiasm and energy will help the cruise business be its very best."

Tiffany and his wife, Chris, bought the company, then Wilderness Cruises on the Willow Flowage, in 1991. They moved the Wilderness Queen to its current location on the Wisconsin River in 2007.

Fairs & fests

WAUSAU

Wausau West Drama this weekend presents "You Can't Take it With You," a comedic play about two teenagers from two very different families who fall in love and try to make their families get along. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wausau West High School auditorium, 1200 W. Wausau Ave. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. They are available at the Wausau West High School business office or at the door.

Information: Email Stacey Drenk at sdrenk@wausauschools.org.

MINOCQUA

Try a taste of some of the best the Northwoods has to offer Saturday at the 10th annual Wine, Cheese and Spirits at the Norwood Pines Supper Club, 10171 Highway 70 West, Minocqua. The tasting begins at 6 p.m. and includes a full hors d'oeuvres buffet, raffles and trivia contests. Tickets are $30 per person and are available at the door. The event is sponsored by the Lakeland Rotary Club.

Information: Call 715-356-3666 or visit www.norwoodpines.com.

Detours & delays

ONEIDA COUNTY

Location: Highway 51 from Front Street to Old Highway 70 in Minocqua

Schedule: Present through November

Cost: $4.6 million

Traffic impact: Crews will reconstruct the roadway, enhance pedestrian and bicycle accommodations through wider lanes and sidewalks, install new street lighting and replace storm and sewer lines.

The highway will remain open to at least one lane of traffic in each direction. Drivers should expect to encounter flagging operations.

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