Business & Industry

New study cites Northwoods
8:37 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Broadband Can Tap New Revenue: Vacation Homes


A University of Wisconsin and Extension study says the economic impact of second homes in Wisconsin is large and is often forgotten as an economic driver. While the study had a component in southern Wisconsin, it also had key results from the Northwoods.

Professor Russ Kashian at UW-Whitewater and Professor Andy Lewis from UW-Extension looked at the impacts of connecting second homes with high speed internet. The lack of such connectivity has been cited as a potential loss of revenue in some parts of the Northwoods.

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Long time events coordinator
8:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Emerson Named Eagle River Chamber Leader

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center has a new Executive Director who is a familiar name to area residents.

The Board of Directors has named Kim Emerson as the new director. Emerson joined the Chamber 13 years ago as Events Coordinator.

Emerson says the community is very important to her...

"...this is a wonderful community to work with...the businesses in the area, the visitors to the area. Just being who we are is an important part of what we've done in the past and I look forward to doing in the future...."

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Possible second Rhinelander location
1:13 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Kwik-Trip Looking At OC Highway Dept. Property

Oneida County Highway Department

Kwik Trip is in the process of opening a location on Rhinelander's east side and apparently they are eyeing a large location on the city's west side.

Oneida County Corporation Counsel Brian Desmond says the county has been approached by Kwik Trip to buy the land along Kemp Street-Highway 8 west now used by the county highway department. He says they've been talking to Kwik Trip for about a year....

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Expecting a Rebound
4:38 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Home Sales Remain Slow, Despite Warmer Temps

For the fifth month in a row Wisconsin’s housing market is looking sluggish compared to last year.

Numbers from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show statewide sales fell almost seven percent in May, compared to 2013.  In the Northern part of the state sales dropped by less than four percent, though the region has seen slower sales for 2014 as a whole.    

Marquette University Economist David Clark says the May numbers reveal that the weather hasn’t been the only factor dampening home sales this year. 

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Two Utilities Becoming One
2:26 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

WPS Plans to Merge With WE Energies

Two of Wisconsin's largest utilities plan to merge, if a deal announced Monday is approved.
Credit Arnoldius via

Wisconsin Public Service says customers won’t see rate changes as a result of two utility companies merging. 

The parent company of WE Energies plans to buy Integrys Energy Group, the parent company of WPS, in a deal totaling $9 billion. 

  The new company will be called Wisconsin Electric Corporation or W-E-C Energy, and will serve over 4.3 million gas and electric customers.

WPS Spokesperson Lisa Prunty says the merger will make for a stronger company. 

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Free inspection offered
11:21 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Most People Install Child Car Seats Improperly


Car seats are required for youngsters but an expert says most parents don't properly install the seats.
The Oneida County Health Department is collaborating with Safe Kids Worldwide for a free car seat inspection this afternoon at the Rhinelander  fire department.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse and certified car seat technician Dawn Klink....

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Years before relief
11:07 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Long Drought To Blame For Higher Beef Prices

Credit Ryan

You've probably noticed the cut of beef you prefer is costing more and it isn't likely to get any cheaper any time soon.

Casey Langan, a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says they've seen this trend coming for a couple of years. The rising prices are directly related to Mother Nature....

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Iraq crisis to blame
3:33 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Gas Prices Rise Though Supply Is Ample


The recent spike in gas prices is not only because prices rise for summer travel but because of the turbulent situation in the key oil-producing nation of Iraq.
That's the assessment of a senior petroleum analyst for the website...gas buddy dot com Greg Laskoski...

"....we're at $3.74 right now, a week ago they were at $3.72. A month ago it was $3.59. So there's no doubt we're seeing increases. This is all across the Great Lakes region and certainly across the rest of the country as well...."

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Company self-reported violation
4:07 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Merrill Company Fined By State For Pollution

Attny. Gen. J.B. Van Hollen

The state has obtained a judgment against a metal fabrication facility in Merrill for violations of state pollution control laws.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen reports his office fined Merrill Fab, Inc. $60,000 including court costs.
The DNR compliant reports Merrill Fab was classified as a "major source" of air pollution for toluene and xylene. Officials say over exposure to these pollutants can be a serious health threat.

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Businesses Hoping for Relief
2:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Minocqua 51 Construction Set to Take a Break Soon

Orange cones and construction signs are a common sight in Minocqua right now.
Credit Grant Hollingworth

Construction along Highway 51 is getting closer to completion.  But it will still be jamming up traffic and slowing business for a little while longer. 

“Here in Minocqua and there is lots of construction going on, lots of traffic and heavy equipment, whole lanes are torn up…” 

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