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Motorists to Enjoy Cheapest Summer Pump Prices Since 2005

May 17, 2016
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  Motorists will be filling up their tanks with the cheapest summer gasoline since 2005. That’s according to Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website Gas Buddy.com Patrick DeHaan. He says the national average is about $2.23 and is nearly 50 cents per gallon lower today than a year ago. DeHaan says the trend will stick around for a while…

 “…there may be some movements higher as we approach Memorial Day that’s just because we have significant refinery maintenance taking place just in our region that may affect us more than anyone else.”

Downtown Rhinelander Incorporated

Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated is hosting a real estate open house so people with an interest in having space downtown can see available properties. This is the fourth year for the open house.

DRI President Dan Kuzlik says the idea a type of one-stop-shop where interested entrepreneurs get to see available properties...

".....we contact property owners who have their properties in downtown Rhinelander for sale or for lease. We get their permission, get their keys and we promote them...”

State of Wisconsin

An official says the recent development of Fab Labs in northern Wisconsin shows progress made under the state's Fast Forward program.

Department of Workforce Development Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson was in Rhinelander last week and heard a presentation by students and administrators from the Three Lakes schools Fab Lab. The lab is a technology-based manufacturing process.  Three Lakes was the first K-12 school in the state to have a Fab Lab, but others are coming on line.

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The public is invited to a forum on broadband expansion in the Northwoods, presented by Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Executive Director Angie Schreiber says the regional forum is designed to give the public the latest information....

"....we're going to have all our major(broadband)providers and it's going to be held in a panelist forum. Each provider is going to have a few minutes to talk about their individual companies and their build-out plans ...and then we're going to open it up to the floor...."

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Ascension and Ministry Health Care last fall partnered with the Veteran's Administration to provide the Veteran's Choice healthcare program her in the Northwoods. The program allows veterans to use local health care facilities instead of VA services. You' re eligible if you've been waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care or if you live more than 40 miles away from a VA medical care facility and have excessive travel burdens.

Ascension President and CEO Anthony Tersigni says St. Mary's in Rhinelander  is the first facility within Ascension with Veteran's Choice...

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A first grader and a high school senior will tell adults this Friday how the Fab Lab in Three Lakes can be used as a tool for economic development. The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation is holding it's annual meeting Friday at noon at Holiday Acres.  The group works to enhance current Oneida county business and develop new businesses.

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More Wisconsin homes sold in the first quarter this year than the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007.

St. Louis-based Ascension Health plans to issue $1.35 billion in tax-exempt revenue bonds to finance and refinance numerous projects and debt of its Wisconsin Benefited Affiliates, including Ministry Health Care, Inc.

The maximum principal amount for each of the local Ministry facilities was listed as follows: Eagle River Memorial Hospital, Eagle River -- $12 million: Sacred Heart-Saint Mary’s Hospital, Tomahawk and Rhinelander respectively -- $84 million; and Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff -- $24 million.

Businesses Spring Up In Minocqua

Apr 13, 2016
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The Minocqua Plan Commission has sent a trio of new and expanded business plans to the town board with recommendations to approve them.

Northwoods Zip Lines unveiled plans Tuesday to add another 3 zip lines and aerial trekking elements to their complex south of the Island of Minocqua. But a proposal to add a team building option was held over for more information, including impact on sanitary facilities.

Benson Builders of Land O’ Lakes will open a new home sales office for Timber Bay Homes just south of the Island also.

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Wisconsin residents behind in their utility bills have been given notice they need to make arrangements or face possibility of a disconnection.

Wisconsin's winter moratorium on utility disconnections ends on April 15.

Elise Nelson from the state Public Service Commission of Wisconsin says customers should act soon...

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce

Changes are taking place within some Northwoods organizations.

Tuesday, the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce accepted the resignation of Kristin Tichacek as Executive Director. In a letter to Chamber members, Tichacek said she was taking a position as Community and Events Coordinator at the Minocqua Chamber of Commerce. But a familiar name was announced as the new Boulder Junction leader, as long-time Executive Director Theresa Smith agreed to return to lead the Boulder Chamber.

Wisconsin Public Service

An annual report from Wisconsin Public Service notes the utility, its foundation and employees, awarded more than $2 million dollars in dollars and in-kind giving in 2015 within the WPS service area.

Community Relations Manager Karmen Lemke says the money went to a variety of categories...

"....those dollars include our Foundation giving, which is our charitable giving entity, it also includes employee and retiree donations through our United Way campaign, and our matching gifts program, and it includes a value on our volunteer hours...."

Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce

The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new Executive Director.

Tamra Anderson announced she would be leaving the job April 1. She has been Director for 7 years.

Anderson says it's time for a person with fresh ideas to take the chamber to the next level. She says she's taking a new unnamed position in a field that she is passionate about.

She thanked Chamber members for her support. Chamber President Andy Hein says the chamber is accepting resumes to fill Anderson's position.

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A meeting in a far away place soon could have an impact on Northwoods gas prices.

The joy of much lower gas prices has started to fade as prices at the pump have pushed past $2.00 a gallon in the Northwoods.

Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan from the website gasbuddy.com  says two anticipated factors are in play: the switchover to costlier and cleaner summer blend gasoline and expected refinery maintenance. But a third factor is causing the quick hike and that's the rise in the price of a barrel of oil caused by foreign nations...

Keweenaw Research Center

This week they ran from Houghton to Copper Harbor, Michigan in an effort to find the cleanest and most efficient snowmobile possible.

The 2017 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge is being held at the Keweenaw Research Center near the campus of Michigan Tech in Houghton.

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