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News from the North: Rhinelander, Minocqua, Marathon County

4:30 PM, May 21, 2013  |  Comments
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RHINELANDER

A family-owned funeral home that has been in business for more than 100 years celebrated its longevity by planting 100 elm trees throughout Rhinelander.

Carlson Funeral Home, a fourth-generation family business owned by Bruce Carlson, donated 100 disease-resistant Dutch elm trees that were planted May 18 in various places in the city. Locations included schools, public parks, churches, golf courses and the airport.

Ninety-eight of the saplings are 4 feet tall, while two are 12 feet tall; those two will be planted at local schools. Elm trees typically grow to between 40 feet and 80 feet tall.

Fairs & fests

WAUSAU

Take your dog for a run Saturday to help the animals at the Humane Society of Marathon County at the Run for Their Lives 5K at Doepke Recreation Area, 2200 S. Mountain Road, Rib Mountain. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The competitive race begins at 9 a.m., and the fun run with dogs begins at 9:10 a.m. The race costs $35 per person.

Information: Call 715-845-2810 or visit www.hsmcrunfortheirlives.com.

MINOCQUA

It's arts and crafts season, and Minocqua is kicking it off with June Bloom on Saturday and Sunday at Torpy Park, 100 D St., Minocqua. The fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, with live music between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Dozens of vendors will be on hand to show off their photography, food, paintings, pottery, furniture, jewelry and more. Admission is free.

Information: Call 800-44-NORTH or visit www.minocquaartsandcrafts.com.

Detours & delays

MARATHON COUNTY

Location: Highway 29 between highways 107 and O

Schedule: Present through mid-November

Cost: $23.5 million

Traffic impact: Crews are constructing a new interchange between highways 29 and O and removing at-grade access to Highway 29 between highways 107 and O, with the exception of 144th Avenue.

Highway O is closed between Highway 29 and Highland Avenue because of blasting operations. Highway 29 is reduced to one lane in each direction, and drivers should expect to encounter flagging operations.

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