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Cranberry Growers Concerned About Trade Tariffs

Mar 13, 2018

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.


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...

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.

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

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

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

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.... 

AARP's Tax Aide: 50 Years Of Helping Wi. Taxpayers

Feb 6, 2018 stevepb

Wisconsin News Connection is here.

MADISON, Wis. - For a lot of people, filling out the annual income tax return is a chore they don't look forward to. Tax laws are always changing and knowing how to take advantage of the rules can mean a lot more money in your pocket.

Now in its 50th year, the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program will provide free tax form assistance and preparation to Wisconsinites, and it isn't necessary to be an AARP member or over 50.


The hours and long, the work is hard, but Wisconsin utility crews, including some from north central Wisconsin, have been thanked generously by residents in Puerto Rico.

Nearly three weeks after their arrival in Puerto Rico, more than 60 field employees from Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and We Energies continue to work diligently to restore power in in areas that remain damaged by Hurricane Maria.

WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen says while substantial portions of the island remain without power, crews have been making progress... skitterphoto

The days of falling  gas prices appear to be over. If you've noticed pump prices rising of late, a gas industry analyst says blame OPEC, and it's not going to change any time soon.

Patrick DeHaan of the website gasbuddy. com says this price rise is because of the price of oil...

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Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch Tuesday presented Nicolet College officials with a check to continue entrepreneurial programs.

The $25,000 grant through Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will expand training, mentorship and support services and build more entrepreneurial education. Nicolet received a similar grant last year. Kleefisch said there was a very competitive process to get the grants....

Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

It's a busy few weeks coming for Eagle River as a series of events will bring tens of thousands of visitors to the community and Northwoods.

The Eagle River Fire Department and volunteers have built the Ice Castle in the downtown area, starting this weekend is the first of two weekends of championship snowmobile racing at the Derby Track and in early February is the Pond Hockey Championships.

Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Director Kim Emerson says the activity means much to the economy....

Layoffs At Flambeau River Papers In Park Falls

Jan 9, 2018

The lay-off of 82 workers at Flambeau River Papers is expected to have a major impact on the Park Falls area. The community only has a population of about 24-hundred residents and it will be difficult for the displaced workers to find similar, high-paying jobs.

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The very cold temperatures apparently are not deterring visitors from coming north to enjoy winter recreation.

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith says they've had a good number of visitors over the holidays...