Business & Industry

Dropping Arbor Vitae Project
10:58 am
Mon December 8, 2014

DOT Considers Scaling Back Hwy 51 Construction Plan

Arbor Vitae may not be seeing changes to a section of Highway 51.

The Department of Transportation may limit a proposed construction project to Woodruff. 

North Central Regional Director Russ Habeck says the project has faced opposition from Arbor Vitae town officials and residents. 

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Trend upward
3:11 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Economist: Property Values Improving In Northwoods


Wisconsin Department of Revenue Chief Economist John Koskinen  says northern Wisconsin property values took a steep hit during the recession, but recent data appears to show a turnaround.

Koskinen was one of the speakers during the Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua last week.

He says a recent trend showed housing starts beginning to return, and a small rebound in property values..

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Boon for Log Haulers
5:55 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Frozen Road Law Takes Effect Saturday, Earlier Than Ever

Frozen roads mean fewer restrictions for log haulers.
Credit Wis. Dept. of Transporation

Colder than normal weather will enable log and forest product haulers to move heavier loads sooner.

Wisconsin's frozen road law takes effect Saturday in the northern part of Wisconsin.  That area includes Highway 8 along with numbered state and federal highways north of US 8.

Department of Transportation Permit Chief Kathleen Nichols says the declaration is happening much earlier than usual. 

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Paying for Outdated Power Plant
3:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Regulators Ask For More Details in Upper Michigan Power Dispute

Upper Peninsula customers won’t see an electric rate increase this week, as federal regulators wait for more information about the region’s electricity use. 

When mining company Cliffs Natural Resources switched to a cheaper source of power, there wasn’t much demand left for WE Energies’ Presque Isle Power Plant near Marquette.  But a regional regulator called MISO said the plant couldn’t shut down it would compromise the reliability of the grid.

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Moving Forward With Grant-Funded Plan
10:02 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Conover Will Keep Bike Trail Plan, Funding

Conover Town Board members listened to concerns at Monday night's town meeting.
Credit Emily Bright

The discussion on whether and where to allow ATVs in Vilas County has drawn passionate crowds to town meetings throughout the fall. Last night was no exception. The debate between ATV and silent sport enthusiasts in Conover appears to have found a peaceable solution at Monday night’s town meeting. 

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A Day For Donations
4:51 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

'Giving Tuesday' Boosts Local Organizations

Nonprofits and charities are hoping to have their day of holiday spending attention on Giving Tuesday. 

Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday…Giving Tuesday hopes to draw a rush of charitable giving, instead of buying. 

Nancy Heykes of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin…says it’s a way to give back to your community. 

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Expert: Too good to be true? It is
5:10 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Means Cyber Crooks Out In Force


Marketers found as the Internet grew in popularity that the first Monday after what had been coined as 'Black Friday', there was a large increase in sales. The day was termed "Cyber Monday".

A consumer advocate for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Affairs, Sandy Chalmers, says this is prime time for cyber crooks. She says they tend to be very aggressive and creative this time of the year because they know consumers are in a buying mood.....

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Income dropping since 1970's
4:39 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Farmer's Take Of Holiday Food Continues To Drop


While Americans enjoy feasting on the bounty from  farmers in this country and other nations, an agri-business lobby spokesperson says American farmers aren't reaping big financial rewards.
Amy Eckelberg from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau says a decades long decline in farmer's income continues...

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Ambitious goal
4:56 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Vilas Salvation Army Sets Ambitious Goal


An ambitious goal has been set for the Salvation Army bell ringers in Vilas county this holiday season.
Committee co-chair Christine Caz says  a successful year last year led to a higher goal...

"...we have a very ambitious goal. Last year it was $44,000 and we did meet that goal. This we thought, 'why not?' and shoot for the sky and stretch goals, so we set ($50,000). ...86 cents of every dollar that someone gives stay right here in Vilas county...."

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State consumer advocate
4:48 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Read Coupons Fine Print During Black Friday Shopping


Too good to be true? That's the question shoppers should ask says a consumer expert if what you see in an advertisement or coupon doesn't match what a store is offering on Black Friday.

The day after Thanksgiving has evolved into a type of shopping Mardi Gras which leads  D.A.T.C.A.P.'S Sandy Chalmers to tell consumers to bring an ad or coupon with them to the store. She says that way if something doesn't match up you have proof to talk to the cashier or store manager...

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