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City, Walmart Settle 'Dark Store' Assessment Issue

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A piece of state  tax law called the "Dark Store Loophole" has enabled a Rhinelander retailer to get a tax refund.

The Northwoods River News reports the city last fall settled with Walmart over three lawsuits. Using the tax loophole, the retailer said the city asked more than it should have in local property taxes.

The city settled with Walmart for just under $66,000.

What's termed the "Dark Store Loophole" enables currently operating businesses to say the city assessed the business at a higher lever than if it was closed.


In a federal court case, 53 year old Michael Alexander of Medford is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The indictment alleges he was found in late December to have a .45 caliber pistol and ammunition. He could face up to 10 years in prison. Marathon County and the FBI investigated.

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