Business & Industry

Open business properties highlighted
10:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander Hosting Property Open House

Credit WXPR

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. is hosting its second open house Saturday morning(5/17) for people interested in looking at available downtown real estate and buildings.

Executive Director Maggie Steffen says the idea is a type of one-stop shopping if you're looking for a property for a business....

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Hoping to Draw Community Members
4:21 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Camp Birchrock Says It's Back on Track

A summer camp outside of Rhinelander is hoping a spring clean-up day will help get the word out that things are back up and running.

Camp Birchrock has been in the community since the 1940s.  But it faced a 2011 scandal when its director was ousted for placing illegal cameras at the camp and stealing from the organization.

Treasurer Jim Rice says new leadership is in place.

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Engaging with Options
4:22 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Nicolet Career Expo Draws Hundreds

Nicolet Career Expo for 7th grade students
Credit Peg Arnold

More than 600 middle school students learned about career options today in Rhinelander.  Seventh graders from schools around the Northwoods attended the Nicolet College Career Expo. 

Organizer and Career Coach Kelly Anunson says it’s the second time Nicolet has hosted the event…that tries to draw a variety of exhibitors.

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16 new leaders
5:57 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

2014 Leadership Oneida County Class Graduates

Natalie Jablonski(front, left) of WXPR among 16 Leadership Oneida County graduates
Credit Oneida Co. UW-Extension

16 members of Leadership Oneida County graduated Thursday from this year's program.

Recognizing a need to develop local leaders, a professional group started the first class in 2009. The candidates spend 9 months learning what Oneida county has to offer in terms of services, industry and business, human care, media and other topics.

Oneida County UW-Extension leader Erica Brewster says this year's graduates were younger than prior candidates...

 

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Job training for 14-21 year olds
5:45 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Agency Seeking Out Of Work Youth

Credit aspirepost.com

A local agency is looking to speak to Northwoods young people who are out of the workforce and looking for a career.

Serena Adler is Workforce Investment Act Youth Team Leader for Forward Service Corporation. They help young people ages 14 to 21 find work. But she says they're having a hard time locating certain young job seekers....

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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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