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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.

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Many Northwoods communities are reporting an uptick in visitors this winter. 

Boulder Junction room tax receipts were up eight percent for last year’s fourth quarter, which ended in December.  Rhinelander room tax receipts were up four percent over that time, and Minocqua's went up two percent.  

Rhinelander Chamber Director Dana DeMet says more people seemed to be traveling to the Northwoods this year for the snow quality. 

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Northern home sales shot up in February, compared to that month last year, by almost 17 percent. 

That’s better than the statewide average, which showed a less than two percent rise…according to numbers from the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

Economist Dave Clark says a milder winter may have helped the market.  

“We’re really comparing to a February last year that was pretty weak.  We had that long cold winter, and you know spring came a lot later than it typically does.”

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Rhinelander is gearing up for home improvement season with the Hodag Home show this weekend.

Rhinelander Chamber Director Dana DeMet says it’s a chance to consult with experts and see a variety of product options. 

“Anybody who owns a home here in the Northwoods knows that there’s a very short season in which we can get a lot of our projects done.  So we like to schedule this near the end of the winter season, so that people can get on their calendar for a lot of these projects that are coming up.”

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Rhinelander , Tomahawk and Eagle River are members of the state's Main Street community program. The parent agency, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is launching a competition where one downtown business could win a $10,000 update. In addition to the money the winning business will receive personalized technical assistance to implement the changes that could include interior and exterior design improvements, and marketing, business planning and merchandising assistance.

Wisconsin Public Service crews have begun to extend a natural gas pipeline from Crandon to the Forest County Potawatomi Community. 

WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the project involves about five miles of both new construction and upgrades to existing infrastructure. 

“If we’re looking for any additional expansion beyond the Forest County Potawatomi governmental buildings there, we do need to make sure that our system has enough pressure and is built to the specifications necessary to do any expansions.” 

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Many Northwoods property owners know the importance of getting their land surveyed. 

As President of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors Jeff DeMuth describes, surveying can become especially prominent in determining boundaries of shore land properties, which are often limited in space. 

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Downtown Rhinelander will likely be seeing a business incubator soon.

As part of moving Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. offices to a building they own on 30 West Davenport Street, Board President Dan Kuzlik says they will start a business incubator in the unused office space. This will be the first business incubator in Rhinelander.....

 

Iron County’s unemployment rate went up by more than a percentage point in January, giving it one of the highest jobless rates in the state at 10.8 percent. 

Menominee, Door and Bayfield Counties did the worst, tied with unemployment rates of 11 percent…according to the preliminary unadjusted figures from the state’s workforce development agency. 

Vilas County’s unemployment rate was 9.7 percent, with Forest County coming in a 9.1.

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The annual membership meeting of Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation finds the Northwoods group working to create more jobs in different areas.

The eight-county group is one of nine regional economic development charters. They are funded in part through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Executive Director Angela Schreiber says renewed funding from the state will help the group do more...

 

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