Wisconsin Public Service is retiring a coal fired power plant near Wausau, and switching a second one over to natural gas.
Weston Unit 1 was built in 1954. WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees says the older plant is much less efficient in generating power, and also needs expensive emissions upgrades.
“We would definitely have to do upgrades. We’re in a time it seems when those environmental standards continue to get tighter and tighter. And at a certain point you just have to cut the cord and say there’s no real sense in trying to keep this plant operating.”
Editor's Note: This report was updated at 4:01 p.m.
A report on Indian gaming is drawing mixed interpretations about how casinos are doing in Wisconsin.
The report from gaming information publisher Casino City shows a slight increase in Wisconsin’s gaming revenue from 2011 and 2012. But it also shows more than 3-percent drop over six years, from 2007 through 2012.
This Saturday marks the end of the winter moratorium on utility shutoffs. Wisconsin Public Service is urging customers who are behind on their bills to call sooner rather than later…to make payment arrangements.
State law prevents anyone’s home utilities from being turned off during winter months between November 1st and April 15th, even you don’t pay the bills.
But WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says those unpaid bills won’t go away, and customers could face shutoffs if they don’t get in touch with WPS.
With the Final Four coming up this weekend, many people's eyes will be glued to the basketball courts. But have you ever thought about where those court floors come from? Most of the country’s wooden gym floors are made here in northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan.
Here in the small town of Mercer, Wisconsin, a gym floor starts with unloading a pallet of maple planks delivered from a sawmill.
The long, cold, nasty winter had one positive side effect: more people got on flights out of Rhinelander for warmer places.
That assessment about passenger boarding for the first quarter of 2014 from Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport manager Joe Brauer...
"...actually our passenger enplanements are looking good. We're probably up about 20 percent as far as departures out of here, and we're up about 10 percent for people deplaning here at the airport...."
Brauer has a suspicion as to why the numbers were up in the bitter cold season...
Vilas County Economic Development Corporation has applied for a state grant to build more fast internet service.
Barry McLeane manages the Corporation's business incubators and sits on their board. He says they've applied to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for part of a half-million dollar pool of grant money. They've forged a public-private partnership as he explains...