Business & Industry

ATVs In Vilas County
4:02 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Eagle River Okay's ATVs and UTVs On City Streets

The ordinance takes effect February 18, but riders must first wait until signs are posted.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Eagle River businesses can soon look forward to their customers arriving by ATV and UTV. As WXPR's Emily Bright reports, the Eagle River town council has voted to allow ATVs and UTVs on nearly all city streets. 

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Project Moves Forward
5:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Conover Bids Out Bike Trail Construction

The bidding process is open for contractors who want to build the first section of the Conover-Phelps bike trail.

Great Headwaters Trails President Jeff Currie says the more than three miles of trail should be built by this fall.

“They would have to do whatever clearing has to happen to get the trail ready; they would have to prepare the sub-base, although most of the trail is on railroad grade, so a lot of that sub-base is probably going to be okay.” 

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Thanks the community
4:45 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Borel Auto Body--Long Time WXPR Underwriter

We're highlighting one of WXPR's long time business underwriters, Borel Auto Body in Rhinelander...

  Borel Auto Body Website 

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In Support of Casino Proposal
4:57 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Menominee Tribe Plans 150-Mile March to Capitol


Members of the Menominee tribe plan to march to the state capitol from their reservation starting Friday to demand Governor Scott Walker meet with Menominee tribal chairman Gary Besaw. 

The tribe wants the governor to reconsider its proposal for a casino in Kenosha. 

Governor Scott Walker said last month he wouldn’t approve it, because it might cost the state too much money. A 2005 gaming compact promises to reimburse the Potawatomi tribe for losses that result from nearby gaming competition. 

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Log hauling
2:46 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Group Seeks Grant To Fund Interchangeable Rail Cars


Getting grant money to buy railroad cars to haul logs is a priority for the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.

The recently found out they didn't get a grant to get the process going, but Chairperson Wendy Gehlhoff says last month the group agreed to apply for another state D.O.T. grant....

"....grant money for (acquiring) 40 log cars and that would be matched by 10 log cars from CN for a total of 50 cars to be used by any rail company in the Great Lakes forest region...."

CN is the abbreviation for Canadian National Railway.

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Enplanements up 12 percent
4:58 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

ROCA Gets Airline OK For Two More Years

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport(ROCA)
Credit Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport

Air service at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport will continue for the next two years with the current connector airline.

Airport Director Joe Brauer says the Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines has been renewed....

"....the Department of Transportation reselected SkyWest Airlines to continue in our market under the Essential Air Service program until the end of 2017..."

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Business & Industry
3:05 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Nicolet Announces Finalists In Presidential Search

The Nicolet Board of Trustees has announced five candidates for the college’s new president, including two local finalists. 

All five candidates are scheduled to interview on campus later this month, and each will hold an open forum with the public.

The finalists include:

Kenneth Urban, Interim President of Nicolet College.  Prior to his current position he has served as Vice President of Teaching, Learning and Student Success at Nicolet;

Daniel Grolau, Human Resources Director at Nicolet.  He has held the position since 2005;

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Gas savings showing up in economy
3:07 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Gas, Retirements Affect Short Term, Long Term Economy


A state economist says for the most part, the economic recovery will speed up a bit with lower energy prices.

Scott Hodek says the the price of gas is about half of what it was just two years ago. He says when drivers look at the numbers on the gas pump, it can provide a psychological impact, either positive or negative, to consumers...

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Refocus efforts
3:14 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. Hires Business Recruiter

Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated has announced a change toward trying to find businesses to expand in downtown Rhinelander.

DRI President Dan Kuzlik says they've eliminated an office position and have hired Dr. Sally Latimer of Global Solutions International as a business recruiter. Kuzlik says the organization is refocusing efforts...

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Oneida County promotion
5:47 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Snow Providing Boost For Recreation


Snow is making a difference for  travelers coming north to play and in a new promotion by the Oneida County Tourism Council.

Guests can sign up to win some play time in Oneida county says Dana DeMet from the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce...

"....the Oneida County Tourism Council has been promoting all the different ways you can have fun in the Northwoods throughout the winter, whether that's snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing, or just hanging out and going to stores and restaurants...."

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