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As you drive past the gas stations in the Northwoods, you'll notice the price of gas is up from a week ago. It might go higher at least until Memorial Day. Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website gasbuddy.com, Patrick DeHaan says the refinery fire in Superior recently didn't have anything to do with rising pump prices...

"....It really hasn't. Gas prices have continued to move up nationally about two cents a gallon, in Wisconsin about three cents a gallon to $2.69 statewide average..."

DeHaan says the price rise is squarely on the international price of oil...

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A section of rail line east of Rhinelander won't be seeing train traffic, but the rails will stay in place.

The Northwoods Rail Transit Commission met recently in Rhinelander. Commission Chair Andy Albarado says Canadian National gave notice to the federal Surface Transportation Board that they will be discontinuing service east of Rhinelander...

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Wisconsin's winter moratorium on utility disconnnections ends next Monday and a state spokesperson says customers need to make arrangements now or face the loss of heating. Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is the state regulator for utilities.

Spokesperson Matthew Spencer says early next week utilities are allowed disconnections for customers who haven't paid....

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Gas prices are stable....for now...but an industry spokesperson says it's likely we're likely to see more price hikes until Memorial Day.

Patrick DeHaan of the website gasbuddy.com says refinery maintenance shutdowns and lower outputs have put the pressure on prices.... 

"....Don't be fooled. There may be more price increases coming in the weeks ahead as refineries finish seasonal maintenance and we continue transitioning to summer gasoline...."

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A session is being held in Rhinelander next week for contractors, vendors, suppliers and professional services interested in competing for Foxconn contracts in the upcoming construction of the huge plant being built in southeastern Wisconsin.

The first phase of  Foxconn building will begin this spring, involving 1,000 acres of site work, with the vertical building phase to begin late this year or early next year.

President of Grow North Economic Development Corporation, Vicky Oldham, talks about what will be going on...

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The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation has named a new Executive Director.

O.C.E.D.C President Mike Gibbons announced Stacey Johnson of Arbor Vitae has been named to the position.

Johnson began her career in the early 2000's in Florida, with a background in banking, residential and commercial lending, compliance and domestic and international business development. She moved to Wausau for a job that worked in community and economic development.

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Record-setting sales levels propelled realtors to one of the best winters ever.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports from December 2017 through February, 2018 saw more than 13,000 homes sold, which is the highest winter season since 2005.

The Northwoods followed the trend. Economist David Clark says February housing statistics were also in record territory, with sales and prices hitting new peaks.

Cranberry Growers Concerned About Trade Tariffs

Mar 13, 2018
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Two well-known products of the Northwoods would be impacted if the European Union retaliates against tariffs placed on goods.

The trade commissioner for the European Union confirms American cranberries and Harley-Davidson motorcycles could face counter-measure tariffs. The E-U is responding to plans by President Donald Trump to put a 25-percent tariff on foreign steel and a 10-percent tariff on foreign aluminum.

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While tightly controlled, Wisconsin farmers will soon be allowed to explore a cash crop in which Wisconsin led the nation in production decades ago.

Industrial hemp licensing applications are available for Wisconsin's research pilot program. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting applications with a May 1 deadline.

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Utility crews continue to make progress restoring power at the hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

It was the first time that power crews from Wisconsin Public Service and WE Energies went outside the continental United States to help restore power. Several Northwoods personnel joined the effort.

WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen says they have moved from the area they were originally stationed...

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Though January often is the slowest month of the year for realtors, the surge in home sales continued says a spokesperson for Wisconsin Realtors Association. The Northwoods followed the trend. The reported existing home sales rose 2.8 percent in January compared to a year ago,  and the median home price increased 6.8 percent over that same period to $168,500.

Economist David Clark says in the Northwoods, sales were up more than six percent from a year ago and the median price was up five percent to $133,000.

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He's come back home to lead a major tribal business enterprise.

Darold Londo last month began work as Director of the Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corporation.

The corporation is the non-gaming economic development arm of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Bill Moving Through Congress Could Lead To Spread Of Predatory Loans

Feb 16, 2018
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Consumer groups say predatory payday lenders would be able to flood the market with sky-high interest-rate loans - and get around state laws - if a bill is signed into law.

Retail, Restuarant Business Growing With Minority Participation

Feb 9, 2018
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WASHINGTON - As Black History Month begins, there's some good news for African Americans in the workforce.

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Wisconsin Public Service is out in area schools to teach students about the benefits and things to be aware about concerning natural gas. 

Spokesperson Matt Cullen says the presentations are designed to give students a clearer idea where the heat and electricity they use comes from.... 

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