Business & Industry

Fab Lab moving toward reality
5:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Working With A 'Revolutionary' Concept

Fab Lab in Amsterdam
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Three Lakes increased broadband capacity and a willing community and school will likely put them on the cutting edge of a revolutionary education and economic development effort called a Fab Lab.

The technology exists to build a box,tooth brush or any manufactured item without a large manufacturing facility.

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Trend Toward Cleaner Fuel
5:41 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Older Unit at Weston Power Plant Soon to Stop Running

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.”

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Ethanol price spike
3:11 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Northwoods Gas Prices Among Highest in Midwest

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Corn is likely one  reason why gas prices have inched up lately, but there is another reason.

A petroleum analyst for the website gas buddy dot com says gas refiners are still in the process of shifting over to summer blend gasoline  so states can meet federal air quality rules.

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Off-Reservation Casino Sparks Debate
2:39 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Potawatomi Say New Report Shows Gaming Market is Saturated; Menominee Disagree

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. 

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WPS Says Call Now
12:40 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Utility Customers Behind on Bills Could Face Shutoffs

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. 

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Rep. Czaja guest speaker
5:02 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Regional Economic Success Focus Of Meeting

The Northwoods regional economic development Corporation...Grow North.....is hosting its annual membership meeting in Antigo.

Executive Director Don Sidlowski says the annual meetings gather all the members to look at the successes and goals. He says there has been successes...

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Engineering the Bounce
4:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

In Mercer, A Basketball Court is Born

Action Floor Systems is based in Mercer, Wisconsin.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

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.

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$6.00 per month increase request
2:37 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Wisconsin Public Service Asks For Rate Request

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Wisconsin Public Service electric customers are being asked to pay eight-percent more to keep their lights on next year.

The utility said today that it asked state regulators for a rate hike that would charge the average residential customer six-dollars more per month.

WPS' Rate Case Consultant Pat Campshure says there are several different reasons for the rate increase...

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More passengers flying out
2:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Harsh Winter Sends Northwoods Residents Flying

Warmer days at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport
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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...

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Fill in two underserved areas
4:44 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Grants Requested To Build More Vilas Co. Broadband

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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...

 

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