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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
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The sewer and water crew at Howard Bros. Inc., pictured front from left, are Greg Howard, Kent Howard, Kyle Howard and Mike Bowman; back are Dave Helgesen, Erik Ciriacks and Heath Karaba.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOgraphs

The sewer and water crew at Howard Bros. Inc., pictured front from left, are Greg Howard, Kent Howard, Kyle Howard and Mike Bowman; back are Dave Helgesen, Erik Ciriacks and Heath Karaba.
Friday, June 29, 2018 2:24 AM
In 1968, Bob Howard took a leap of faith and left a steady job as a master plumber working for Taylor Plumbing in Rhinelander to begin a new business with his brother Lloyd in Woodruff, thus creating Howard Brothers Plumbing and Heating (since renamed to Howard Bros. Inc.). (subscriber access)
  • Bringing European treats to Ironwood
    European Treats in Ironwood, Mich., opened in August 2017 by owners Susan Lenner and her husband Marcin Golebiowski. (subscriber access)
  • 50 years of family
    In 1968, Bob Howard took a leap of faith and left a steady job as a master plumber working for Taylor Plumbing in Rhinelander to begin a new business with his brother Lloyd in Woodruff, thus creating Howard Brothers Plumbing and Heating (since renamed to Howard Bros. Inc.). (subscriber access)
  • Chelsi's Corner bounces back after fire
    Since the devastating February fire, Ironwood, Mich., has held a theme of resilience. With three lives lost, and thousands of dollars of property damage, the community was more than a bit shaken - but deterred, they were not. (subscriber access)
  • Authentic Mexican food is making a comeback in Minocqua.

    El Tarasco signed a five year lease June 1 in the old El Mez building on the corner of US Highway 51 and State Highway 70. (subscriber access)
  • At its Tuesday meeting, the Minocqua Plan Commission gave the go-ahead to one new proposed downtown business, one short-term home rental, a condominium plat amendment, and three sign applications. (subscriber access)

  • Building the arts in Bessemer
    The arts scene in Bessemer, Mich., will be receiving more attention with the formation of a new non-profit group. (subscriber access)
  • Restoring the roof
    In 2017, time ran out for a 118-year-old building in Ironwood, Mich. At the Wesley United Methodist Church on McLeod Avenue, a truss in the ceiling collapsed, sending the congregation from the building and leaving them with an uncertain future. (subscriber access)
  • Every year as people flock to the Lakeland area for recreation, holidays and family, area businesses struggle with finding enough employees. (subscriber access) (web exclusive)
  • For the past decade, real estate in the Northwoods and most of the nation has been on a steady upward trend. (Subscriber Access)
  • McCoy Group, Inc., a family-owned company based in Dubuque, Iowa, and ties to the Minocqua area, is expanding its business base with the purchase of seven John Deere Construction and Forestry stores serving northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from Nortrax, Inc. (Subscriber Access)
  • 45 years of putting foot to pedal
    For 45 years, residents of and visitors to Ironwood, Mich., have had a premiere destination for their automotive wants and needs. This store is the family-run Red's Auto. (subscriber access)
  • Officials mark new certified site in Eagle River
    Republican Gov. Scott Walker and representatives from Vilas County and Eagle River unveiled the 20th Certified In Wisconsin site in Eagle River on Tuesday. The program, which allows locations to have quicker turnaround time for business development, launched in 2012 and has certified 20 locations in the state with Eagle River's being the latest and the first north of Wausau. (subscriber access)
  • State and Oneida County deny request for new well at Hoggie Doggies
    Last year, Steven Pletta, owner of Hoggie Doggies restaurant in Woodruff, noticed a white film was developing on his stainless steel and his water had taken on a funky taste. (subscriber access)
  • The idea of food trucks on a very limited basis in Minocqua was kicked around for about an hour at last week's meeting of the town's plan commission. (subscriber access)
  • Minocqua Popov's building has a new owner
    The Minocqua Plan Commission last week approved signage for a new Dewey Catchem and How location.
  • Karl's Transport trailer salutes law enforcement
    Karl's Transport of Antigo is saying thank you to law enforcement in a big way.

    On Feb. 23, the company unveiled its latest "dedication trailer," a 53-foot long salute to law enforcement at all levels.
  • Finding fortune Outback
    Drive to the main drag of Woodruff near Culver's and find the newest business to call the Lakeland region home. (subscriber access)
  • Worthen's: The next generation
    On state Route 70 in the town known for being the home of the Snowmobile Hall of Fame, Amy Worthen is honoring her family's storied past. (subscriber access)
  • Book World to close all 45 remaining stores
    Book World, which opened its first store in Rhinelander in 1976 and grew to become the fourth largest book store chain in the country, has announced the closure of its 45 stores in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and Missouri. (subscriber access)
  • Destroyed beauty
    To the average person, a pile of junk in a scrapyard or derelict building is either a fire hazard or a tetanus shot waiting to happen.
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