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AAA Wisconsin is out with a new website designed to help travelers compare gas prices as they travel.

Gasprices.aaa.com  is a type of one-stop shop for consumers says AAA spokesperson Nick Jarmusz....

"....that can be used by either the media or consumers to check out what the average prices are in their area and compare it to the averages from previous days, previous weeks, a month up to a year ago...."

Jarmusz gives an example...

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Another week, another telephone scam has hit the Northwoods. This time officials at Wisconsin Public Service say scammers are upping the pressure to get you to pay a bill you don't owe.

Here's spokesperson Leah Van Zile....

".....scammers are contacting businesses and restuarants saying that they're going to be disconnected unless they make immediate payment with a prepaid credit card. That's something we'd never do, ask for immediate payment with a pre-paid credit card...."

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We're into the early part of the summer construction season, but a word of caution has been sent out from officials: careful where you dig or it could cost you big bucks.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says before you dig, call 8-1-1 to make sure you're not going to accidentally cut utility service...

"....there are many utilities buried underground, from electric and gas to water cable and fiber optics. It's really important(to call) as there are some dangerous cables under the ground...."

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Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett recently  presented a $30,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce for its new market research campaign.

Tomahawk Chamber's new Executive Director Jessica Witte outlines where the money will go...

"....the majority of the grant will be used to do some research, again, do some very pointed tourism research to see what is bringing people to the area. The second phase of the grant will be used to set up a marketing and branding initiative...."

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Homes are selling and prices are rising.

That summary from the April Wisconsin Realtors Association report of home sales and prices from April. Statewide, home sales rose 8.8 percent in April 2016 compared to that same month a year ago., making this April the strongest April sales volume since 2005. This sales pace helped push statewide median prices to $161,000, which is 4.9 percent higher than April 2015.

Economist David Clark of the Realtors Association says the growth continues after a tough period during the Great Recession...

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor announced salaried workers earning about $47,000 per year will be eligible for overtime pay beginning December 1. The prior level was roughly have that figure. Reaction was quick and negative from business groups and some politicians. But Dr. Robert Kraig is Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin and says contrary to what business and politicians are saying, these are productive workers not being paid for work they're doing...

Motorists to Enjoy Cheapest Summer Pump Prices Since 2005

May 17, 2016
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  Motorists will be filling up their tanks with the cheapest summer gasoline since 2005. That’s according to Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website Gas Buddy.com Patrick DeHaan. He says the national average is about $2.23 and is nearly 50 cents per gallon lower today than a year ago. DeHaan says the trend will stick around for a while…

 “…there may be some movements higher as we approach Memorial Day that’s just because we have significant refinery maintenance taking place just in our region that may affect us more than anyone else.”

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Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated is hosting a real estate open house so people with an interest in having space downtown can see available properties. This is the fourth year for the open house.

DRI President Dan Kuzlik says the idea a type of one-stop-shop where interested entrepreneurs get to see available properties...

".....we contact property owners who have their properties in downtown Rhinelander for sale or for lease. We get their permission, get their keys and we promote them...”

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An official says the recent development of Fab Labs in northern Wisconsin shows progress made under the state's Fast Forward program.

Department of Workforce Development Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson was in Rhinelander last week and heard a presentation by students and administrators from the Three Lakes schools Fab Lab. The lab is a technology-based manufacturing process.  Three Lakes was the first K-12 school in the state to have a Fab Lab, but others are coming on line.

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The public is invited to a forum on broadband expansion in the Northwoods, presented by Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Executive Director Angie Schreiber says the regional forum is designed to give the public the latest information....

"....we're going to have all our major(broadband)providers and it's going to be held in a panelist forum. Each provider is going to have a few minutes to talk about their individual companies and their build-out plans ...and then we're going to open it up to the floor...."

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Ascension and Ministry Health Care last fall partnered with the Veteran's Administration to provide the Veteran's Choice healthcare program her in the Northwoods. The program allows veterans to use local health care facilities instead of VA services. You' re eligible if you've been waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care or if you live more than 40 miles away from a VA medical care facility and have excessive travel burdens.

Ascension President and CEO Anthony Tersigni says St. Mary's in Rhinelander  is the first facility within Ascension with Veteran's Choice...

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A first grader and a high school senior will tell adults this Friday how the Fab Lab in Three Lakes can be used as a tool for economic development. The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation is holding it's annual meeting Friday at noon at Holiday Acres.  The group works to enhance current Oneida county business and develop new businesses.

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More Wisconsin homes sold in the first quarter this year than the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007.

St. Louis-based Ascension Health plans to issue $1.35 billion in tax-exempt revenue bonds to finance and refinance numerous projects and debt of its Wisconsin Benefited Affiliates, including Ministry Health Care, Inc.

The maximum principal amount for each of the local Ministry facilities was listed as follows: Eagle River Memorial Hospital, Eagle River -- $12 million: Sacred Heart-Saint Mary’s Hospital, Tomahawk and Rhinelander respectively -- $84 million; and Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff -- $24 million.

Businesses Spring Up In Minocqua

Apr 13, 2016
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The Minocqua Plan Commission has sent a trio of new and expanded business plans to the town board with recommendations to approve them.

Northwoods Zip Lines unveiled plans Tuesday to add another 3 zip lines and aerial trekking elements to their complex south of the Island of Minocqua. But a proposal to add a team building option was held over for more information, including impact on sanitary facilities.

Benson Builders of Land O’ Lakes will open a new home sales office for Timber Bay Homes just south of the Island also.

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