Business & Industry

Hitting the Roads and Taking to the Skies
4:23 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Cheaper Gas Means More Holiday Spending, Travel

Highways everywhere are likely to be busy this weekend.
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More people are traveling this holiday season thanks to falling gas prices. 

Cheaper winter blends of gas tend to cause a dip in prices every year.  But these are the lowest they’ve been in five years, with a statewide average of 2.46 a gallon.

According to Senior Petroleum Analyst Greg Laskoski, a survey finds low gas prices are impacting the plans of about a quarter of travelers. 

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Will Come On Board In January
4:40 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

WXPR Hires Rondello As New Station Manager

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After a nationwide search, WXPR Public Radio has hired longtime Northwoods resident and current WXPR volunteer Pete Rondello as new station manager. 

Rondello graduated from Eagle River High School and currently lives near Boulder Junction.  Though he’s worked with Coldwell Banker in Minocqua for more than twenty years, Rondello has a background in radio that predates his work in real estate. 

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Melting Snow and Bare Ground
4:30 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Snowmobile Trails Thin After Warm Weekend Temps

Snowmobile riders are being advised to wait until conditions improve.

This weekend’s thaw was bad news for winter recreation trails. 

Snowmobile trails in Iron County closed Monday after being open since early December.  Forest Administrator Joe Vairus says a significant amount of snow melted during the thaw. 


“It was 45 degrees for a few days, so things really opened up. It looked like spring.  The swamps are open and the trails are bare in a lot of places so we’ve got to get things frozen again and get snow coverage on top of that.  So it will take several inches, a foot or two.”

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Business & Industry
11:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Restaurant Survey Finds Desire to Improve Rhinelander Dining Scene


Rhinelander restaurants may need better lighting and fresher food.  Those are some of the suggestions coming out of a restaurant survey done by UW Extension and Downtown Rhinelander Inc.

Oneida County Community Resource and Development Agent Tim Brown says researchers conducted focus groups with both older and younger adults…to see how age might dictate restaurant preferences. 

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New website
4:40 am
Mon December 15, 2014

U.P. Residents Can Find Heating Help Online


Upper Peninsula residents looking for help paying utility bills or heating homes have a central source to go to for help.

The Michigan Propane Gas Association has put together a non-profit website at heatingmyhome. org that has agencies and places residents can find help.

Spokesperson Joe Ross says after the brutally cold winter last year, this type of "one stop shop" was needed....

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Helps Border-Crossing Haulers
4:47 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

MI Allows Heavier Log Loads from WI

It’s now a little easier for Wisconsin log haulers to cross the Michigan border. 

Michigan transportation officials will now issue permits to allow 98,000 pound loads on six axles…where they previously only allowed gross weights of 90,000 pounds on five axles.

DOT Permitting Chief Kathleen Nichols says it expands the season for log hauling. 

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State Guarantees Payments to Potawatomi
4:39 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Menominee Positive About Gaming Compact Amendment

The Menominee tribe doesn’t think an amendment to the state’s gaming compact will stand up to legal scrutiny. 

The tribe’s Kenosha Gaming Authority Chair Gary Besaw says the latest agreement with the Potawatomi might not meet federal requirements of the Indian gaming regulatory act. 

But he thinks that could ultimately be a good thing for the proposed Kenosha casino. 

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Former Harley-Davidson building
3:18 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Prentice Manufacturer Hoping To Open Facility In Tomahawk

A Prentice based manufacturer is looking to expand it's operations into a vacant building in Tomahawk.

Multitek North America got approval from a Tomahawk city committee this week that would facilitate a plan to have Multitek expand into a former 15,000 square-foot Harley-Davidson plant on Oneida Drive.
Multitek North America President Doug Kamps says the company is growing and needs more space...

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Oneida County Trails Still Closed This Weekend
4:32 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Vilas County Snowmobile Trails Open Friday

Snowmobile riders will have a chance to hit the trails this weekend in Vilas County, though not in Oneida.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Snowmobile trails in Vilas County are set to open Friday afternoon at 4 pm.

Vilas County Recreation Administrator Dale Mayo says conditions are typical for early season, though some areas may be wet or rough.

“Earlier in the season we had the freezing and thawing and hunters in the woods – and the trails are rutted.  We did have plenty of snow, but we still have a few areas where you could encounter some rough spots.  So we’re just encouraging everybody to use caution.” 

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Needed Before Mine Can Be Built
6:28 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Iron County Works On Mining Ordinance

Iron County has released a second draft of its metallic mining ordinance.

It outlines the process a mining company would need to follow for county approval, and includes a host of regulations and protections. 

Zoning Administrator Tom Bergman says the purpose of a local ordinance is to be more specific than state rules can be. For example, he says the draft includes a requirement that a mining company monitor and test nearby private wells.

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