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Housing Sales, Prices Continue To Climb In Northwoods

Jul 22, 2015

Wisconsin Realtors sold six-percent fewer houses in November than in the same month a year ago and the Northwoods followed the trend.  

Statewide, the Realtors Association said the median sales price was 136-thousand dollars, about six-thousand more than the year before.    Median prices jumped seven-and-a-half percent for the first 11 months of the year, to 144-thousand dollars -- 10-thousand more than the same period of 2012.

Eight Northwoods towns are participating in a survey to find out just what high-speed internet access needs are in those communities.

From the Grow North Economic Development Corporation website the towns in the survey include Sugar Camp and Three Lakes in Oneida county, Laona and Hiles in Forest county,  Presque Isle, Manitowish Waters and Boulder Junction in Vilas county and the town of Florence.

Grow North Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Angi Schreiber says they're looking to get broadband expansion grants from the state to serve the local towns...

After 90 minutes in closed session, a split Oneida County Board Tuesday rejected a $2.3 million dollar offer from LaCrosse-based Kwik Trip. The convenience store firm declared last year it wanted to buy the county highway shops on Rhinelander's west side and put a large store there.

The board first heard a presentation on options for the site, which included two choices to remodel the current shops and a third option to accept the Kwik-Trip offer and build a new county shops.

The Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce has hired a new Executive Director. The search committee announced Kristen Tichacek will begin duties on August 3.
Chamber spokesperson Laura Bertch says they're eager for Tichacek o begin work...

"...she's a graduate of St. Norbert'

s College in DePere, Wisconsin. She's a long time resident of the Northwoods area. She has spent her summers in Boulder Junction and she enjoys a lot of activities that Boulder Junction offers...."

Dean Acheson

The developer of a 24-unit condominium project underway in Minocqua says he will donate all profits from it to the Howard Young Foundation.

Project owner Trygve (Trig) Solberg, well-known local businessman, declared his intentions Wednesday during a public hearing on a conditional use permit that the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee ultimately approved.

According to its website,t.he foundation promotes charitable support for Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff and Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital.


A large fiberglass tank will cause some power outages Tuesday and Thursday in the Northwoods.

Wisconsin Public Service reports the tank is being shipped from Wisconsin Rapids to Saskatchewan, Canada. The shipping route winds north and will enter the WPS service area near Antigo with an arrival time at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Eagle River.

Leah Van Zile from WPS says electric crews will be going along with the very slow moving transport. They need to move power lines...

Travelers with smartphones now have access to more information about the roadways.

The Department of Transportation's free smart phone app is available for Apple and Android devices says Gina Paige, a public information specialist for the DOT...

"...the 511 Mobile Wisconsin app is available for free download. It provides up-to-date traffic information at the tip of your fingertips. You have access to traffic incidents, delays, backups, closures workzones and weather-related road conditions..."

Brewery Coming To Merrill In Historic Building

Jul 2, 2015
Lisa Satayut

Built in 1940 as part of the New Deal directive, an historic building in Merrill is being transformed into a brewery.

The former DNR   Ranger Station is  being outfitted to house the  Sawmill Brewing Company, the name noting Merrill's  timber past.

Former science teacher and Merrill resident Stan Janowiak purchased the property from the city last December.

While Janowiak likes craft beer, it’s not the reason they  decided to open a brewery.

A spokesperson for a state recycling group is refuting claims made in several news stories about the future of recycling.

Meleesa Johnson is President of the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin and is Director of Marathon County Solid Waste Department. Three articles in different publications outlined questions about contamination. She says the tenor of the articles was recycling was is a catastrophic state. Johnson says Wisconsin's recycling is far from that...

With the Focus on Energy grant and a $2,000 grant from Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry has completed an upgrade to it's interior and exterior lighting.
WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the pantry was able to replace all interior and exterior incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs and replace all the old style fluorescent fixtures with new energy efficient units and bulbs....

"....they'll actually get some money back based on those technologies. For the food pantry, they save money plus a return on their investment...."