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Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated is hosting an open house Saturday to showcase available business properties downtown.

Executive Director Maggie Steffen says this is the third year for the open house. She says some property owners open their vacant  buildings to prospective renters.....

"....they give us the specs and the keys to their properties...people can start out at the DRI offices. If you're interested in one of the properties we can take you. It makes it easy to see what's available downtown and see if there's a fit...."

A big check from the state Department of Tourism to the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce to promote a growing event this summer.

Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett presented a $20,000 marketing check to the Chamber.

Chamber Director Dana DeMet says the Joint Effort Marketing grant, or JEM grant, will be used to bring visitors here...

'....the JEM grant we were awarded is for marketing the Boom Lake Log Jam in Rhinelander June 19-21 at Hodag Park. What we're using the money for is targeting markets in central Wisconsin as well as the Fox Valley...."

Wisconsin Public Service

The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is again offering area fire departments and emergency responders up to a $2,000 grant for needed equipment and training. Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says The Foundation is encouraging all emergency responder agencies to apply for the grants...

".....we introduced the grant last year in recognition of our Foundation  50th anniversary. We've  decided with such a great response from last year we have continued it to this year.."

WE, Integrys Closer To Merger

Apr 30, 2015

Wisconsin has become the second of four states to sign off on the proposed mega-merger between Wisconsin Energy and Chicago's Integrys Energy Group. However, the state Public Service Commission added several conditions today.

With unemployment rates in the Northwoods near or at double-digits, a Job Fair is being held Wednesday, April 22 in Rhinelander.

Several partners including related stage agencies, non-profits  and Nicolet College are hosting the Spring Job Fair at the Quality Inn from 10 to 3 p.m.

Spokesperson Joan Hartmann says the Fair is free and open to anyone interested in looking for work. She says they have at least 23 companies signed up...

Wisconsin realtors are reporting a  rise in both home sales and the prices buyers paid.

Wisconsin Realtors Association President Michael Theo says in March, home sales jumped 16.1 percent over one year ago and median prices rose  more than 8 percent from March of 2014 to $149,000.

Theo says the benchmarks they use show the market is returning...

The temptation is to get out and get those projects done once the snow has left us. But check before you dig says a utility spokesperson.

Leah VanZile from Wisconsin Public Service says a quick call to the free 8-1-1 Diggers Hotline could save you from a real problem...

Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor was crossing the state this week talking about the Walker administration budget.

Rebecca Kleefisch told the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association in Green Bay  that their industry is a heavyweight in Wisconsin's economy....

"....they have a $22.9 billion impact on Wisconsin's economy and they support 59,000 Wisconsin jobs...."

It's the third largest growing industry in Wisconsin.

Aspirus and Marshfield Clinic Health System leaders have signed a non-binding letter of intent to pursue joint efforts across their service areas.

Officials point out this is not a merger or acquisition. Aspirus and Marshfield Clinic will continue to be independent organizations with separate boards, cultures and brands.

One of the points being explored is for Asprirus to allow Marshfield Clinic a minority interest in Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids. Commons

Northwoods picketers will join a national day of action as workers ask to raise their pay to $15 per hour.

The "Fight for 15" will be seen in 200 cities across the U.S. and 35 countries.

Jackie Cody of  the Northern Wisconsin Center for Working People in Rhinelander says the national minimum wage is about 25 percent below it's level in 1968 in equivalent dollars. She says they will gather at 11 a.m. April 15  at the Guild Hall next to St. Augustine's church in Rhinelander then head out...