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With unemployment rates in the Northwoods near or at double-digits, a Job Fair is being held Wednesday, April 22 in Rhinelander.

Several partners including related stage agencies, non-profits  and Nicolet College are hosting the Spring Job Fair at the Quality Inn from 10 to 3 p.m.

Spokesperson Joan Hartmann says the Fair is free and open to anyone interested in looking for work. She says they have at least 23 companies signed up...

Wisconsin realtors are reporting a  rise in both home sales and the prices buyers paid.

Wisconsin Realtors Association President Michael Theo says in March, home sales jumped 16.1 percent over one year ago and median prices rose  more than 8 percent from March of 2014 to $149,000.

Theo says the benchmarks they use show the market is returning...

The temptation is to get out and get those projects done once the snow has left us. But check before you dig says a utility spokesperson.

Leah VanZile from Wisconsin Public Service says a quick call to the free 8-1-1 Diggers Hotline could save you from a real problem...

Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor was crossing the state this week talking about the Walker administration budget.

Rebecca Kleefisch told the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association in Green Bay  that their industry is a heavyweight in Wisconsin's economy....

"....they have a $22.9 billion impact on Wisconsin's economy and they support 59,000 Wisconsin jobs...."

It's the third largest growing industry in Wisconsin.

Aspirus and Marshfield Clinic Health System leaders have signed a non-binding letter of intent to pursue joint efforts across their service areas.

Officials point out this is not a merger or acquisition. Aspirus and Marshfield Clinic will continue to be independent organizations with separate boards, cultures and brands.

One of the points being explored is for Asprirus to allow Marshfield Clinic a minority interest in Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids. Commons

Northwoods picketers will join a national day of action as workers ask to raise their pay to $15 per hour.

The "Fight for 15" will be seen in 200 cities across the U.S. and 35 countries.

Jackie Cody of  the Northern Wisconsin Center for Working People in Rhinelander says the national minimum wage is about 25 percent below it's level in 1968 in equivalent dollars. She says they will gather at 11 a.m. April 15  at the Guild Hall next to St. Augustine's church in Rhinelander then head out...

Nicolet College

Nicolet College officially has a new president.

Dr. Richard Nelson has accepted the position. Nelson previously served as Provost of Paul Smith's College in New York.

Nicolet Board Chair Ron Zimmerman says the board was impressed with Dr. Nelson's ability to collaborate with faculty and staff across campus at Paul Smith’s College and his ability to recognize talent and foster the development of these individuals.

Another Northwoods region is hoping more broadband will spur economic development.

A survey last year of Iron County residents found that of more than 800 responding property owners, nearly one-fourth would start or move a business to Iron county if higher-speed internet is available.

Terry Daulton of  the Iron County Citizen's Forum says the survey was conducted by the Gogebic Range Broadband Committee....

YMCA of the Northwoods

The YMCA of the Northwoods has removed the "interim" label from its current CEO.

The Board unanimously approved Laurie Schlitt as permanent CEO.

Schlitt accepted a two-year interim contract in April, 2013.

She says she hopes to stay the course of being fiscally responsible and spending their money wisely...

WXPR has a new addition to the staff.  Station Manager Pete Rondello announced well-known Northwoods resident Dave Havel of Rhinelander has been hired as Director of Development.

Rondello says Havel has a long history in the community, working with non-profits to raise funds in many capacities. Rondello says Havel has many success stories including his work with Rhinelander Kiwanis, Oneida County Animal Shelter, YMCA of the Northwoods and several others.

Rondello says while talking with people in the community, they said Dave was "Mr. Hodag" for his work in the community.