Business & Industry

Renovations Still Needed
2:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Golden Harvest Moves, Rhinelander Food Pantry Prepares For New Building

The former Golden Harvest building will soon house the Rhinelander Food Pantry.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Rhinelander Food Pantry got a step closer to a new home Monday, as the Golden Harvest grocery store opened its new location.  But there’s still a few months of work ahead before the food pantry can open its new doors.

The old Golden Harvest grocery building on Coon Street sits nearly empty, as the store finishes a move to a new building more than twice as large.  Golden Harvest owner Timothy Conjurske says until now the store was bursting at the seams.

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Summer Months Good for Sales
6:21 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Home Sales Rise For First Time in 2014

Home sales were up last month for the first time this year.  According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association, over 4 percent more homes sold in Wisconsin in June than in that month last year.

In the northern part of the state, that increase is a little higher – with sales up more than five percent. 

Housing sales for the year to date are still behind compared to 2013, thanks to five consecutive months of lower sales.

Economist Dave Clark says it’s a good time to see a turnaround. 

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Former retreat
2:59 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Integrys To Auction/Sell Lake Content Property

Integrys Energy Group, the holding company which owns Wisconsin Public Service, has decided to sell about 200 acres of its Awassa Lodge property along Lake Content  in St. Germain. The land is divided into 23 primarily lakefront lots. Integrys also owns 235 acres not adjacent to the lake. They are negotiating with a single buyer for that land. An auction will be conducted on September 18 at the St. Germain Community Center.

Kerry Spees from Wisconsin Public Service says the land no longer was part of their mission...

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Maintenance on Pipeline
12:14 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

WPS Flares Natural Gas in Three Lakes

Wisconsin Public Service is flaring natural gas in Three Lakes this week to prepare for some pipeline maintenance.

WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says some parts of the pipeline are being refitted to allow for easier maintenance, and the natural gas needs to be cleared out first. 

“Basically what we’re doing is we’ve taken the pressure down as low as we possibly can in that section of the pipeline, the remaining gas is purged out of that pipeline, and burned at the one valve in the Three Lakes area.”

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Delta Connection popular
5:13 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Enplanements Up At Rhinelander-Oneida Co. Airport

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The number of passengers flying out of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is showing a sharp increase from one year ago.

Airport Director Joe Brauer says people are coming back after a low point during the Great Recession....

"....our passenger enplanements are up for the year. Our first six months was up 20 percent over the previous year. Kind of attribute that to stabilizing service here with Delta Airlines into its second year of service at our airport....."

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Other operations unchanged
5:07 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Marshfield Clinic Withdraws From Building Dental School

Marshfield Clinic
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Marshfield Clinic has scrapped a plan to build Wisconsin's second dental school and will return a ten-million dollar state grant for the project.

The clinic received the funding in 2010 to construct a new training facility in Marshfield for dentists who commit to working in rural areas.

Dr. Brian Ewert is Marshfield Clinic's Executive Director. He says the grant required the facility to be built in Marshfield....

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Show begins Thursday
1:47 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Millions $$$$ From Country Festival Visitors

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Many of the 'FESTERS' are already in the Rhinelander area as the 37th Hodag County Festival begins Thursday. A local official says the economic impact is large.
Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Executive Dana DeMet says they have seen much increased traffic at the chamber. He says estimates are that the city's population quadruples in size for the week of the festival....

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Bicyclists get discount
3:21 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Bicyclists Show Vilas Co. Businesses Their Green

Credit Great Headwaters Trails

Bicyclists in the Northwoods have an opportunity to show  their preferred recreation has an economic impact.

Vilas Bike Bands offer green, silicon wristbands to participants purchased from participating businesses in Vilas county.

Great Headwaters Trails spokesperson Jeff Currie says in February they talked with area businesses in the process of applying for state grant to fund trail construction. From those meetings the idea for the wristband took hold...

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WPS Foundation
2:30 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Deadline Nearing For First Responder Grants

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There's  one month to go for area emergency responders to get grant money from Wisconsin Public Service.
Wisconsin Public Service's Foundation is celebrating 50 years with a special effort...says spokesperson Leah Van Zile...

"....August 1st is the deadline for emergency responders to apply for our new safety grant. We'll be awarding 25 grants(in the service area) of $2,000 to area responders in the public service area...."

The total grant amount totals $50,000 for the WPS service area...

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New study cites Northwoods
8:37 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Broadband Can Tap New Revenue: Vacation Homes

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A University of Wisconsin and Extension study says the economic impact of second homes in Wisconsin is large and is often forgotten as an economic driver. While the study had a component in southern Wisconsin, it also had key results from the Northwoods.

Professor Russ Kashian at UW-Whitewater and Professor Andy Lewis from UW-Extension looked at the impacts of connecting second homes with high speed internet. The lack of such connectivity has been cited as a potential loss of revenue in some parts of the Northwoods.

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