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Public transportation services are being expanded in Langlade County.

This week, Aspirus Langlade Hospital and Red Robin Transit announced that funding has been secured to add two additional routes on the city’s flex bus service, now operating from 9:15 a.m. until 6:35 p.m. with 18 stops six times daily Monday through Friday throughout the city.

One-way fare is priced at $1.50 for adult; $1 for seniors over age 60; and $1.25 for student. In addition, there will be an added van operating under the Reserve a Ride service. This is a door-to-door service with the rider reserving the ride in advance in which they are picked up at their location and driven to another location without the need of going to a bus stop. This service is first come-first served based on driver and vehicle availability.

Operating times are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. with coverage for all of Langlade County. Fares are based on location: In-city, within eight-miles and outside of eight-miles but within Langlade County. Cost is:

— City of Antigo: $1.50 adult; $1, senior over 60 and disabled; $1.25, student.

—Rural, within eight miles of city: $3.50, adult;
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Nicole Kubiaczyk, Andy Barth and Meghan Mattek of Aspirus Langlade Hospital with Richard Ducane of Menominee Regional Public Transit, operators of Red Robin Transit.
Three red bulbs
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Neal Wozniak, President of the Langlade County Fire Chiefs Association is pictured with the annual Keep it Green wreath that represents structure fires in the area during the holiday season. Each fire is signified by a red bulb. Three fires occurred this year, two were handled by RFC and one by the City of Antigo. Wozniak called the program good awareness to fire safety.
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New parts of Elcho school get closer
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Students are beginning to use portions of the new Elcho School, and plans are on track for the final basketball game of the season to be played in the sparkling and expansive gymnasium.

Earl Doc Smith of EDS Builders, the construction manager for the $18 million building and renovation project, reported today that work is proceeding at a brisk clip, with the gymnasium bleachers and scoreboard scheduled for delivery in just over a week.

Everything is looking really good, Smith said.

With a capacity of 1,200 spectators, the gymnasium is among the hallmarks of the project. It features the purple and gold colors of the Elcho Hornets along with a hardwood floor purchased locally from Robbins Flooring of White Lake.

The public should get a good look at the season’s final basketball game on Feb. 15, barring unforeseen issues.

Crews have begun to demolish the former shop area, and students and instructor Travis Goeks are beginning to move equipment into the new technology education department.

He starting to set up his equipment and the students are helping, Smith said.

Ceilings and drywall are also nearing completion, bathrooms
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The new Elcho gymnasium floor is ready for striping, and on track for an inaugural basketball game in early February.
Antigo council backs trail system
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An expansive expansion of the city’s trail system, used by thousands of walkers, runners, cyclists and others throughout the year, was advanced by the Antigo Common Council Wednesday.

At a quick January meeting, aldermen authorized city officials to submit the paperwork for a state grant to expand the city’s existing bicycle/pedestrian trail system from north of the elevated boardwark across town to the Remington Lake on the city’s northwest side.

The city is seeking upwards of $750,000 for the expansion through the Department of Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), a combination of three former funding programs know as Safe Routes to Schools, Transportation Enhancements and the Bicycles & Pedestrians Facilities Program.

The city has already applied for state Knowles Stewardship Funds to extend the trail from the north end of the elevated boardwalk along the east side of the Langlade County Fairgrounds to North Avenue. That project carries a $360,000 price tag and is anticipated for construction next year.

The new application is for additional funding through the state, with 2020 construction anticipated. Specific sections includ
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The color coded map, provided by city officials, shows the proposed route of the trail expansion, which would be funded largely through state grants.
State has sharp decline in farm numbers
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While the number of dairy farms in Wisconsin is shrinking as small operations struggle to remain profitable, expanding commercial farms have continued to increase the state’s milk production.

Numbers from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection show the state lost 500 dairy farms last year, Wisconsin Public Radio reported . Wisconsin’s dairy numbers have fallen more than 20 percent over the last five years. Just over 8,800 dairy herds were licensed in the state at the beginning of this year.

The growth is really in the medium- to large-size dairy operations, said Steven Deller, a professor of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The growth in those sectors and the increase in productivity of being a bigger operation, the volume of milk is actually not being affected by this.

Dan Marzu, the University of Wisconsin Extension agriculture educator for Lincoln and Langlade counties, explained today the number of cows has stayed fairly static in the last several years, but following trends, the number of herds dropped.

In 2016 there were 7,500 dairy cattle in Langlade County, a drop
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A magazine took this picture of part of the Matsche farm during the fall of 2017. It does not show nearby dairy facilities and was taken before the site was landscaped.
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