Wisconsin Public Service has entered into negotiations to sell the Otter Rapids dam to Renewable World Energies.
The dam forms much of what is known at the Eagle River chain of lakes.
WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees says the sale is pending federal approval, but says the new owner isn't going to change the hydroelectric operation...
"...the key thing is nothing will change for the community of Eagle River and the surrounding area in terms of the water situation and the Chain of Lakes. We knew that's what everyone would be most concerned about..."
A Northwoods chamber of commerce leader showed the impact tourism has to Oneida county's economy during a presentation this week to the county board.
Kim Baltus from Minocqua also is president of the Oneida County Tourism Council, which is a joint effort among several communities to cross-promote the county to potential visitors. In 2012, visitors spent almost $186 million dollars here...
"that's roughly a little over $5,000 for every man, woman and child in the county. That's a significant increase in spending over 2011..."
The Wisconsin Hospital Association put out the alarm bells Friday after a report from Washington D.C. indicated a subsidy for some small rural hospitals should be discontinued.
The federal Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General recommended removing a Medicare payment status known as "Critical Access Hospital" for hospitals that do not meet certain distance requirements.
Wisconsin Hospital Association President Steve Brenton says Antigo, Merrill, Tomahawk, and Eagle River hospitals have this special status.
The Lac du Flambeau tribe is moving forward with a plan to bring high speed internet access to the Lakeland area. The tribe has formed Ogema Communications, a company it hopes will deliver broadband access not only to tribal lands, but other parts of the Northwoods. Tribal spokesman Brandon Thoms says access to high-speed internet would stimulate job and business growth.
“There’s a huge need for reliable service throughout the Northwoods. And the tribe is looking to fill that need, or fill that void through the creation of Ogema Communications.”
State tourism officials are harnessing some star power for a new fall tourism campaign. A 90-second television ad released last week features football star Jordy Nelson, and is directed by Jerry Zucker, producer of the movie Airplane. Danielle Johnson from the state Department of Tourism says the ad tells viewers, ‘there’s no place like fall in Wisconsin.’
Businesses in downtown Rhinelander put on their best show for an annual street fair Wednesday.
It was a breezy day on Brown Street and vendors were out in full force, selling everything from antiques to tshirts to shaved ice. Justine Whitefish is selling frybread. She's been making it for 33 years but she’s a new entrepreneur. It’s her first year at Redikulus Dae and she’s a little disappointed by the turnout.
Downtown Rhinelander is gearing up for an annual one-day street fair. Redikulus Dae is designed to bring people out to shop downtown. Executive Director for Downtown Rhinelander Inc. Maggie Steffen says it’s been a tradition for 55 years.
“I can tell you – some of us that have grown up here, it was a big deal to go downtown on that day and see your family and friends. It was a way to meet up with people that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s just a fun atmosphere – it’s not necessarily just shopping, it’s more of almost an experience.”