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Contractors make progress with Langlade Ford modernization
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The walls are rising on the new Langlade Ford showroom today, continuing a project that will bring the long-standing local dealership up to the latest company standards.

The project has been on the fast-track, with heavy equipment from Krueger & Steinfest rolling onto the site on July 28, minutes after a ceremonial ground-breaking, and making quick work of the old showroom and offices.

Now, less than a month later, the heavy steel girders are in place and work on the walls and the roofing system is well underway.

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 plans call for it to conform with the Ford Trustmark program. Under the new plan, six vehicles will be displayed in a comfortable setting with easy access to the sales, financial and executive offices.

Keller has already completed much of the exterior work on a new body shop, tucked out-of-sight at the west end of the facility. It will also segregate alumin
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Workmen at the site of what will be new Langlade Motors offices, showroom.
School budget is topic of discussion
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Taxpayers in the Antigo Unified School District will be able to ask questions and receive accurate and detailed information about the 2014-15 school budget, a document topping $27.26 million, when the board of education convenes Tuesday.

The budget hearing will begin a bit earlier than usual, at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor lecture hall at the high school. Action by the nine-member board will follow. Since Antigo is a unified, not common school district, no public vote at an annual meeting is required.

Director of Business Services Mary Jo Filbrandt has prepared a fact-filled 62-page budget booklet that will be available for public distribution at the meeting or in advance at the administrative office on Dorr Street. It can also be accessed on the district’s website, www.antigo.k12.wi.us.

The budget booklet covered everything from action plans for the individual elementary facilities, middle and high schools; highlights of grant programs, enrollment projections, debt service, staff, and facilities and maintenance. It is a comprehensive document.

But at its heart, it remains a financial statement of how the district will spend the money entrusted by
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Wolf River Valley Seeds expanding
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Wolf River Valley Seeds, which has produced some of the nation’s top-rated forage products for decades, is expanding its operations to Antigo.

The company, which was started in the early 1970s by Jerome and Marian Wahleithner in White Lake, has purchased the former Fermanich Fuel headquarters located at Third Avenue and Edison Street, and will relocate its marketing, business and distribution facilities here.

“This will be our main facility,” Mark Resch, a partner in the business, said. “We also have offices in Crandon and White Lake but Antigo will be the central area.”

Resch, who comes from a marketing and business background, became associated with Wolf River Valley Seeds after selling his previous business, Super Group.

“I was retired for about two weeks and got bored so I started farming,” he said.

He soon got to know Wahleithner and, by 2009, was growing seed for the company. That led to increased involvement and, eventually, in early 2014, formed a partnership with Wahleithner. Wahleithner began to step back from the business and the company is now owned by Resch and Jason Neilitz of Crandon, formerly the general manager.

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Jerome Wahleithner, left, and Mark Resch outside Wolf River Valley Seed’s new Antigo location, the former Fermanich Fuel building.
Mixed message in new jobless report
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Langlade County posted mixed results in the latest jobless numbers released by the state’s Department of Workforce Development this week.

The county’s unemployment rate fell between June and July, to 7.7 percent, a full 1 percent lower then a year ago.

But after being a northwoods leader in employment for months, the county is now sagging behind much of the region, with the sixth highest unemployment rate in the state.

According to the state figures, the highest jobless rate was in Menominee County, 18.3 percent, followed by Iron, 10.1 percent; Ashland, 8.6 percent; Forest, 8 percent; and Racine, 7.7 percent. Langlade was next.

The lowest figures were reported by Dane County, 4 percent; followed by Pierce and St. Croix, 4.2 percent; Iowa, 4.3 percent; and Calumet and Trempealeau, 4.5 percent each.

Regionally, Marathon County was the employment leader, with a rate of 5.5 percent, down from 5.8 percent in June. Shawano was next at 5.7 percent, down from 6.3 percent a month earlier; and Oneida, 6.3 percent, down from 6.9 percent.

Vilas was next at 6.5 percent, down from 7.2 percent, followed by Lincoln, 7.4 percent, a rate that ticked up
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Parade of Homes will reflect the history, beauty of the northwoods
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Five homes reflect Antigo history and lakeshore beauty in this year’s 19th annual Parade of Homes sponsored by the Langlade Hospital Auxiliary Saturday, Sept. 20.

This year’s annual event. running from noon to 4 p.m., will feature five impressive homes—three in Antigo and two located on Bass Lake.

Featured homes are:

— Jim and Karla Martinsen, 323 Seventh Ave.,

—Denis and Mary DeBroux, 102 Fifth Ave.,

— Matt and Tara Guelzow, 1257 North Superior St.,

— Mike and Erin Baginski, 9215 Birch Point Rd., Bass Lake.

— John and Sandy Nussbaum, N9282 North Shore Dr., Bass Lake.

Directions to each residence are listed on the ticket.

Advance tickets are $8 and are available at Lakeside Market, Neve’s Furniture, Schroeder’s and the Langlade Hospital volunteer desk. On the day of the tour, tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the homes.

Funds raised will be donated to Aspirus General Clinic for a compact ultrasound unit.


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From left, homeowners Matt and Tara Guelzow with Mary Jo Berner purchasing the first Parade of Homes ticket from Phyllis Zabransky, co-chair of the event. They are standing in front of the Guelzow home at 1257 North Superior St., the former Berner residence.
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