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Business & Industry
3:38 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Leadership Oneida County Deadline Application Nears


A program that has graduated people trained to be the next generation of Northwoods has a deadline this week for the next class.
Leadership Oneida County began in  the fall of 2008 and has kept its format of a nine-month  course. It's designed to show participants what the county has as assets and where they could fit in as a leader.

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is one of the sponsors. Director Dana DeMet says the idea is to bring out the next generation of leaders...

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Plans to Promote the Area
2:35 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Minocqua Chamber Welcomes Krystal Westfahl

Minocqua’s Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director.  Krystal Westfahl started the job last week, filling the position vacated by outgoing director Kim Baltus, who was there for three years.

Westfahl is an Appleton native, who spent time in the Northwoods growing up while visiting the Mellen area.  She says she’s excited to get to know Minocqua. 

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September 16 Stevens Point
10:20 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Employers, Job Seekers Invited To State Career Expo


Employers looking for help and job hunters looking for work are invited to a large career expo in Stevens Point next month.

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson announced the fair last week. Newson says it will be the first in central Wisconsin.

Kristine Porter is the District Director of Workforce Development based in Wausau....

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Some Tribes Opposed to New Gaming Facility
1:00 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

A Year After Federal Approval, Kenosha Casino Plan Still In Limbo

It’s been a year since the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs gave the green light to the Menominee tribe’s proposal for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

But Governor Scott Walker has yet to weigh in on the plan, which needs state approval to move forward.  Walker has said he wants all of the state’s eleven tribes to support the project before he says yes.

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Vacation Home Market Slower to Recover
6:47 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Strong Northern Home Sales in July Bely State Trend

Home sales fell last month in most of the state but northern Wisconsin bucked the trend.

According to the Wisconsin Realtors’ Association sales in the north were up in July compared to the year before by almost 12 percent.  Meanwhile statewide figures show a drop of about two and a half percent.

Marquette University economist Dave Clark says housing market recovery may have taken longer up north because of the influence of the second home market. 

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Keeping and Creating Jobs
3:56 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Rhinelander Community Glimpses Printpack Interior at Grand Opening

A crowd gathered for Printpack's grand opening of its new location on Highway 17.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Over 300 people had a chance to see inside Printpack’s new facility in Rhinelander.  The packaging company held public tours and a grand opening event Monday.

Printpack prints cellophane wrappers for things like candy and granola bars.  And its new 200-thousand square foot location in Rhinelander will be churning out more than twice as many wrappers as before. 

Plant manager Pat Marquart says the biggest challenge in relocating has been training employees on high-tech equipment that’s brand new to them. 

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Diggers Hotline
4:29 am
Mon August 11, 2014

8-11 A Good Date To Think About 8-1-1

Finding the line

Wisconsin Public Service officials are using today's date to remind property owners to check out where utility lines are located before digging.

Numerically, today's date is 8 -11 on the calendar, and WPS is using the date to remind people about Digger's Hotline. The hotline provides a way to find out if utility lines cross your property.

Todd Steffen from Wisconsin Public Service says Diggers Hotline should be the first thing you do before starting the project...

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Sixth year of program
4:46 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

New Class For Leadership OC Being Recruited

Oneida County Courthouse, Rhinelander

A program designed to help build the next generation of leaders is seeking 20 people to join.
Leadership Oneida County is accepting applications for the next  session.

One of ths sponsoring agencies is the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. Director Dana DeMet describes the program....

".....Leadership Oneida County is a nine-month program that cultivates and prepares  upcoming leaders in our area even more involved citizens in our local communities....."

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Could Head to a Vote
4:27 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Forest County Committee Wants Referendum On Off-Road Park

A group wants to build a large park for ATVs and other off-road vehicles in Forest County, but the prospect has proved controversial.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Voters in Forest county might see a referendum this fall whether to allow the county to work on the development of a large off­road park. The county Forestry committee Tuesday passed a resolution unanimously. Forest Administator David Ziolkowski says the committee discussed land acquisition and DNR requirements, then decided to ask the full county board for a public vote. 

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Surprising Trends Among Casino-Goers
12:53 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Survey Finds Casino Patrons Would Prefer Smoke-Free Environment

Credit Pixabay

A study shows most patrons of Lac du Flambeau’s casino don’t smoke, and would visit more often if the casino was nonsmoking.  Lake of the Torches Casino partnered with the Great Lakes Intertribal Council to survey almost a thousand gamblers.

Great Lakes Intertribal Council Epidemiologist Isaiah Brokenleg says it’s the first time a casino has cooperated with a public health entity to do a study on smoking preferences.  He explains that partnership gave researchers access to the patron database. 

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