After eight years serving the public on Rhinelander's north side, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is hoping to move into the current Golden Harvest store on Coon Street.
Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says they've been looking for a new place for almost two years. The former Rueckert's grocery story is in need of about $150,000 in repairs and Hansen says another property can be found for about the same money. He says negotiations for the Golden Harvest building are nearing completion...
Northern timber workers are heading to the capitol Wednesday, hoping to remind lawmakers of the importance of their industry.
Advocacy group Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association is organizing the trip. Director Henry Schoenebeck says the group plans to bus 150 people to Madison and park several logging trucks around the capitol. They’ll even bring along special virtual reality machine called a harvester operator simulator, that mimics the experience of cutting down a tree.
Officials helping start-up businesses around the state are meeting up in Vilas County next week. Vilas County Economic Development Corporation is hosting the quarterly meeting of the state’s Business Incubation Association Board. Vilas County EDC Director Bob Egan says it’s a chance for the local chapter to learn from its counterparts in other cities and towns.
“And by having these folks here – we consider it a privilege but at the same time it will allow us to draw on their expertise, and help us proceed in being successful.”
A Crandon company is getting an extra $150,000 in loans to fund an expansion. Hometown Trolley is increasing its manufacturing capacity. The loan comes from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. The agency uses money from timber sales to fund economic development projects. Hometown Trolley already received a loan from BCPL earlier this summer. But BCPL Executive Secretary Tia Nelson says the company asked for extra money when it revised its project costs.
Members of the forest products industry are testifying on federal policies that affect them. Great Lakes Timber Professionals has organized a hearing that runs all day Friday and Saturday. The group’s Director Henry Shienebeck says the aim is to collect testimony to submit to Congress.
“Really for our association it’s about how do we get a combined message to Washington that says, this is what happens when you do rules and regulations without completely understanding and taking the local economy into account when you do this.”
Providing broadband access is about more than just building infrastructure; education is also needed.
That’s the message from Tithi Chattopadhyay, Broadband Chair for the state Public Service Commission. She says people who don’t have access may not realize what they’re missing - especially when it comes to business owners.
Home sales and prices in Wisconsin continue to rise though the Northwoods isn't rising as fast as some regions.
Economist David Clark works with the Wisconsin Realtors Association...
"...when you look at August, the existing state sales were up about 13 percent and that's a good solid number in a month(August) that is a pretty high-volume month...median prices were up about 6.3 percent..."