Business & Industry

Possible second Rhinelander location
1:13 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Kwik-Trip Looking At OC Highway Dept. Property

Oneida County Highway Department
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Kwik Trip is in the process of opening a location on Rhinelander's east side and apparently they are eyeing a large location on the city's west side.

Oneida County Corporation Counsel Brian Desmond says the county has been approached by Kwik Trip to buy the land along Kemp Street-Highway 8 west now used by the county highway department. He says they've been talking to Kwik Trip for about a year....

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Expecting a Rebound
4:38 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Home Sales Remain Slow, Despite Warmer Temps

For the fifth month in a row Wisconsin’s housing market is looking sluggish compared to last year.

Numbers from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show statewide sales fell almost seven percent in May, compared to 2013.  In the Northern part of the state sales dropped by less than four percent, though the region has seen slower sales for 2014 as a whole.    

Marquette University Economist David Clark says the May numbers reveal that the weather hasn’t been the only factor dampening home sales this year. 

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Two Utilities Becoming One
2:26 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

WPS Plans to Merge With WE Energies

Two of Wisconsin's largest utilities plan to merge, if a deal announced Monday is approved.
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Wisconsin Public Service says customers won’t see rate changes as a result of two utility companies merging. 

The parent company of WE Energies plans to buy Integrys Energy Group, the parent company of WPS, in a deal totaling $9 billion. 

  The new company will be called Wisconsin Electric Corporation or W-E-C Energy, and will serve over 4.3 million gas and electric customers.

WPS Spokesperson Lisa Prunty says the merger will make for a stronger company. 

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Free inspection offered
11:21 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Most People Install Child Car Seats Improperly

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Car seats are required for youngsters but an expert says most parents don't properly install the seats.
The Oneida County Health Department is collaborating with Safe Kids Worldwide for a free car seat inspection this afternoon at the Rhinelander  fire department.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse and certified car seat technician Dawn Klink....

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Years before relief
11:07 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Long Drought To Blame For Higher Beef Prices

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You've probably noticed the cut of beef you prefer is costing more and it isn't likely to get any cheaper any time soon.

Casey Langan, a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says they've seen this trend coming for a couple of years. The rising prices are directly related to Mother Nature....

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Iraq crisis to blame
3:33 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Gas Prices Rise Though Supply Is Ample

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The recent spike in gas prices is not only because prices rise for summer travel but because of the turbulent situation in the key oil-producing nation of Iraq.
That's the assessment of a senior petroleum analyst for the website...gas buddy dot com Greg Laskoski...

"....we're at $3.74 right now, a week ago they were at $3.72. A month ago it was $3.59. So there's no doubt we're seeing increases. This is all across the Great Lakes region and certainly across the rest of the country as well...."

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Company self-reported violation
4:07 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Merrill Company Fined By State For Pollution

Attny. Gen. J.B. Van Hollen
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The state has obtained a judgment against a metal fabrication facility in Merrill for violations of state pollution control laws.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen reports his office fined Merrill Fab, Inc. $60,000 including court costs.
The DNR compliant reports Merrill Fab was classified as a "major source" of air pollution for toluene and xylene. Officials say over exposure to these pollutants can be a serious health threat.

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Businesses Hoping for Relief
2:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Minocqua 51 Construction Set to Take a Break Soon

Orange cones and construction signs are a common sight in Minocqua right now.
Credit Grant Hollingworth

Construction along Highway 51 is getting closer to completion.  But it will still be jamming up traffic and slowing business for a little while longer. 

“Here in Minocqua and there is lots of construction going on, lots of traffic and heavy equipment, whole lanes are torn up…” 

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Biking Grows in Popularity
5:12 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Boulder Junction Awaits Bike Trail Connection

Boulder Junction offers 29 miles of paved bike trails, and soon will connect to another trail in Manitowish Waters.
Credit Pete Rondello

Boulder Junction is hoping to rally enthusiasm for its growing bike trail system this summer.

Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith says the original Boulder Junction trail was built in 1994 and has been expanding ever since.  Right now there are 29 miles of paved trail connecting Boulder Junction with Sayner and St. Germaine.  And she says there’s more to come.

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Burglary on Rainy Night
6:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Robbery at Local Greenhouse

A burglar robbed a family-owned greenhouse of thousands of dollars this week.

Brent Hanson of Hanson’s Garden Village in Rhinelander says a thief apparently broke in between closing Sunday night and opening Monday morning. 

“They were looking around in the office, and there should not have been an extra safe key in the office, but they took enough time to open up a lot of desk drawers in the office and actually open it up with the key and get away.” 

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