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.
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....
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..
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.