Business & Industry

Tapping Trees in Merrill
4:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Technology Meets Mystery in Maple Sugar Season

Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

Maple syrup production in northern Wisconsin is wrapping up for the season.  For small producers a fickle weather pattern meant it wasn’t a great season in terms of syrup quantity.  But for larger producers who use more high-tech systems, it was still an above average year.  And the reasons behind these sap dynamics are still somewhat of a mystery. 

The day I visit Maple Hollow Farm near Merrill Wisconsin is muddy and cool – a typical backdrop for a process that takes place only in spring, when the sap is running. 

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More jobs
3:41 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Sartori Cheese Breaks Ground In Antigo For Expansion

Sartori Cheese  in Antigo Wednesday broke ground on a $14 million expansion and renovation of its facilities in Antigo and Plymouth, a project expected to create up to 53 new jobs.

The family-owned cheese company, which is also celebrating its 75th  anniversary, plans to update equipment, improve employee work conditions enhancing safety while expanding capacity.

Lack of workers seen
2:05 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Shifting State Demographics Could Cause Economic Woes

Credit lifecarefunding.com

Ten years ago the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance warned of a shift in Wisconsin's demographics and the negative impact it could have on the economy....

"....none of this is surprising, I guess the problem is none of us want to pay attention to it..."

...that's Todd Berry, president of the tax watchdog group, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. They're out with an update on the shift, some of which is already coming true.

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Grant period open
4:08 am
Tue May 6, 2014

WPS Foundation Offering Grants To EMT's, Fire Dept.'s

Defibrillator and monitor
Credit Pollo-en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is offering area fire departments and emergency responders up to a $2,000 grant for needed equipment and training. The Foundation is encouraging all emergency responder agencies to apply for its "Safety-It's Worth the Energy" grant between now and August 1.

WPS' Leah Van Zile says the money is used to enhance operations....

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Learning Business and Finance Skills
5:03 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

RHS Places Fourth in Finance Quizbowl

Bob Wynn (outside consultant involved with Asset Builders), Michael Anderson, Lukas Kreger, Andrew Stafford, Brendan McGuire.
Credit Submitted photo

Rhinelander High School finished in the top four in a statewide quizbowl that focused on financial literacy. 

Coach Patrick Kubeny is a business education teacher at RHS.  He says he’s very pleased about this year’s results from the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl. 

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Northwoods still a destination
10:52 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Northwoods Tourism Showed Growth In 2013

Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett
Credit State of Wisconsin

The state's Tourism Secretary says 2013 showed strong growth by travelers in Wisconsin and especially the Northwoods.

This week is national Travel and Tourism week.

Stephanie Klett says tourism had a 17 billion dollar impact on the state's economy last year up $700 million from the year before. More than 100 million visits from travelers. She says increasing the tourism marketing budget has paid off big dividends..

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Two-Vote Margin
3:39 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Votes to Stop Funding Shullsburg Proposal

A failed referendum presents a major stumbling block for Lac du Flambeau’s off-reservation casino planned for southern Wisconsin.

Tribal members have voted not to continue funding the Shullsburg casino application process.

The margin was extremely close, with just two votes deciding the outcome.

Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the next step is for the tribal council to discuss options with the Shullsburg work group. 

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U.S. DOT application
3:39 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Grant Sought To Buy Rail Cars To Haul Northern Logs

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Several northern Wisconsin and Michigan counties are working on a grant to buy rail cars to lure more rail business in the region.

Wendy Gehlhoff from Florence county chairs the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.

The group has been meeting quarterly to keep rail service viable in the region. Canadian National provides service in this region.

She says one approach is to buy rail cars to haul logs, called the Great Lakes Log Car Fleet...

 

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30 businesses seeking workers
3:31 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Large Number Of Job Seekers Attend Rhinelander Event

A job interview
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Attendance was strong Wednesday as Rhinelander hosted a Job Fair.

More than 30 employers were talking to job applicants. Dan Linsmeyer from Pioneer Equipment Company said they were talking to several applicants about three different openings...

"....there are some people that stop by and show great interest in that particular position...."

Serena Adler from Forward Service Corporation works with a program focusing on young people seeking jobs...

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Announcement in a news letter
5:14 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Heeg Resigns From Eagle River Chamber

Eagle River's longtime Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Connie Heeg has resigned.

In a letter to chamber members, Heeg says he's stepping down due to health concerns.

Heeg has worked for the chamber more than 13 years.

Among the accomplishments he cited was a doubling of the number of business memberships, paying off the chamber building in just over 6 years, bringing the Pond Hockey Championships to the area and others.

We'll have more on this story later.

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