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.
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...."
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....
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.
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....
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...."
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.