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Outlining Park Specifics
6:00 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Committee Proposes Location, County Land Purchase for Off-Road Park

The proposed site is north of Laona and east of Argonne in Forest County.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Proponents of a controversial off-road park in Forest County have unveiled the details of their proposal. 

A planning committee has selected a location north of Laona, near the intersections of county highways G and O.  It includes a stretch of the Peshtigo River. 

The group Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated wants Forest County to purchase the 10-thousand acre site over a series of several years and phases.  The land is currently held by private companies Crandon Timber and Plum Creek. 

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More long term unemployed
11:15 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Mixed Jobs Numbers As Summer Arrives

Ford Motors assembly line 1913
Credit en.wikipedia.org

While the jobless numbers are trending down across the U.S., those numbers remain above the national average in most of the Northwoods.

Last week the state released unemployment numbers for local communities. Iron county has the state's second highest rate, trailing only Menominee county, at 13.3 percent. Vilas county is third highest at 11.3. Forest county is 7th highest at 9.3 percent, followed by Oneida county's 8.9 percent. Langlade county has fallen to 8.1 percent and Lincoln county is at 7.7 percent.

 

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Sales Lower Than 2013
4:57 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Winter Hinders Housing Market in April

Home sales compared to last year dropped for the fourth straight month in April, with the trend more dramatic in the northern part of the state.

According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association…northern home sales in April were down more than 17 percent compared to April of last year.  Statewide the drop was almost 12 percent. 

CEO of the Wisconsin Realtors Association Mike Theo says even though it’s getting warmer…we’re still feeling the effects of a long cold winter.

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Talking About Options
6:51 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Iron County Forum Hones In On Economic Development

A forum in Iron County will take a closer look at economic drivers in the area, and brainstorm possible new ones.

The nonpartisan Iron County Citizens Forum this Wednesday at the Oma Town Hall is looking at economic sectors like timber, tourism and retirees. 

Coordinator Terry Daulton says the idea evolved out of discussions on how jobs factor into the Penokee Mine proposal.    

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Hospitals see funding crunch
6:03 am
Mon May 19, 2014

As Obamacare Gets Started More Hospital Visits Likely

Emergency services
Credit Jason Bain-en.wikipedia.org

Medical professionals are expecting to see an uptick in the number of people coming for treatment because of the Affordable Care Act.

Wisconsin Hospital Association Executive Vice-President Eric Borgerding says this upswing in numbers comes at a time when hospitals are under greater financial pressure...

 

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Open business properties highlighted
10:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander Hosting Property Open House

Credit WXPR

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. is hosting its second open house Saturday morning(5/17) for people interested in looking at available downtown real estate and buildings.

Executive Director Maggie Steffen says the idea is a type of one-stop shopping if you're looking for a property for a business....

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Hoping to Draw Community Members
4:21 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Camp Birchrock Says It's Back on Track

A summer camp outside of Rhinelander is hoping a spring clean-up day will help get the word out that things are back up and running.

Camp Birchrock has been in the community since the 1940s.  But it faced a 2011 scandal when its director was ousted for placing illegal cameras at the camp and stealing from the organization.

Treasurer Jim Rice says new leadership is in place.

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Engaging with Options
4:22 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Nicolet Career Expo Draws Hundreds

Nicolet Career Expo for 7th grade students
Credit Peg Arnold

More than 600 middle school students learned about career options today in Rhinelander.  Seventh graders from schools around the Northwoods attended the Nicolet College Career Expo. 

Organizer and Career Coach Kelly Anunson says it’s the second time Nicolet has hosted the event…that tries to draw a variety of exhibitors.

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16 new leaders
5:57 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

2014 Leadership Oneida County Class Graduates

Natalie Jablonski(front, left) of WXPR among 16 Leadership Oneida County graduates
Credit Oneida Co. UW-Extension

16 members of Leadership Oneida County graduated Thursday from this year's program.

Recognizing a need to develop local leaders, a professional group started the first class in 2009. The candidates spend 9 months learning what Oneida county has to offer in terms of services, industry and business, human care, media and other topics.

Oneida County UW-Extension leader Erica Brewster says this year's graduates were younger than prior candidates...

 

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Job training for 14-21 year olds
5:45 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Agency Seeking Out Of Work Youth

Credit aspirepost.com

A local agency is looking to speak to Northwoods young people who are out of the workforce and looking for a career.

Serena Adler is Workforce Investment Act Youth Team Leader for Forward Service Corporation. They help young people ages 14 to 21 find work. But she says they're having a hard time locating certain young job seekers....

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