Business & Industry

Cell towers less regulated
4:01 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Towers Critical For More Broadband Coverage: Consultant

Cell tower array
Credit steelintheair.com

Recent reports detailed how a previously little-known portion of the state budget bill heavily restricts local governments from stopping placement of new cellular telephone towers. But participants in a WXPR forum on broadband says changes could help get more local cell service to under served areas.


Former Three Lakes town chair Don Sidlowski says they were able to work with a private provider...Cellcom...to get tower placements...


 

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Iron county second in state
4:00 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Northwoods Jobless Rate Near Double Lowest State Rate

Credit danieljmitchell.wordpress.com

The jobless rate in the Northwoods remains nearly double of some other areas of Wisconsin.


Unemployment numbers released last month by the state showed June joblessness in the region at 11.2 percent in Iron county, 9.6 precent in Forest county, 9.2 percent in both Langlade and Lincoln counties, 8.4 percent in Vilas county, 8 percent in Oneida county. Price county had the areas lowest rate at 6.4 percent.


State economist Tom Walsh in Wausau says statewide, unemployment usually rises in May and June due to the number of students entering the workforce....

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Leaders meet at WXPR
3:53 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Forum Focuses on Northwoods Broadband Needs

Live from the White Pine - Broadband in the Northwoods Panel Discussion airs Saturday August 3 at 4 pm and Sunday August 4 at noon.
Peg Arnold

Putting together ways to provide faster internet to underserved areas of the Northwoods was the topic of a forum held recently in the White Pine Room at WXPR.

People from a private Internet provider, government, non-profit coalitions, tribal representatives, and education discussed the need for economic development and connecting to the outside world.

Rob Riordan from Cellcom says in the early days of telephone, the government required a little extra from customers to be able to help serve areas without service. That model could work for broadband...

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Second in Vilas county
4:18 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

New Business Incubator Opens Saturday In Manitowish Waters

Credit Vilas County Economic Development/Facebook

The second Vilas county business incubator gets launched Saturday in Manitowish Waters.


A business incubator is established as a location where startups have the chance to setup their new venture with lower costs than if they went about it alone. Nicolet College also helps in mentoring the new businesses.


Vilas County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bob Egan says there has been talk that most Vilas county development centers around Eagle River. That will change Saturday...

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Business & Industry
3:36 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

State Grant Funds Road Construction Near Printpack

Printpack is constructing a large new facility off Highway 17 in Rhinelander.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

State officials stopped in Rhinelander today to present a nearly half-million dollar grant to the city.  The money helps pay for road construction outside the new manufacturing facility for Printpack.

Outside the new facility that Printpack is building, Rhinelander Mayor Dick Johns accepted the check from the state’s Transportation Economic Assistance program.  

“I have fifty years in politics in this community and this is one of the best days I’ve ever had.”

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$3.9 million
2:51 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Aspirus To Renovate Phillips Facility

A $3.9 million renovation project will begin at the rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility on the Aspirus Pleasant View campus in Phillips later this year.


The project is expected to begin in November and last about nine months. When enhancements are completed, the facility will feature updated patient rooms and facilities, new phone and fire alarm systems and larger commo areas.

Northwoods up and down
1:28 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Home Sales, Prices Rise

More listings seen
Credit realtysignco.com

Housing sales and prices continue to rebound in the Northwoods....joining a statewide trend.


The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports statewide, sales rose more than 11 percent for the first six months of 2013 compared to a year ago.


In the 18 county northern reporting region, the median price was down one percent from a year ago at $106,000, but sales grew seven percent to almost 2,700 units.

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Keeping the Lights On
3:13 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

WPS Plans Underground Powerline Installation

WPS is hoping to improve electricity reliability by getting power lines out of the way of trees.
Credit James Lee

Public utility regulators have approved a $220 million project to bury certain power lines.  


Wisconsin Public Service plans to convert more than a thousand miles of overhead power lines to underground ones.  Todd Steffen from WPS says the project should create more reliable electric service for Northwoods customers.

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$17 million project
3:41 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

WPS Seeking Upgraded Coal Dust Collection System

WPS power plants south of Wausau
Credit OSHA

Wisconsin Public Service has asked the state for authority to upgrade an existing on-site coal dust collection system at the utility's Weston Power Plant south of Wausau.


WPS spokesperson Kelly Zagrzebski says the upgrade will make for safer working conditions and reduce emissions..


"...it will intersect all of the plants on site...is safer (working) conditions and better for the environment..."


The original coal dust collection system was installed in 1981....

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In Affordable Healthcare Act
5:18 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Digital Medical Records Change Healthcare Landscape

Paper to digital
Credit electronichealthrecordrescue.com

This week National Public Radio has had stories about the digitalization of medical records. Supporters say patients get better service, and it's easier for doctors, but it does raise security concerns.


At Aspirus in Wausau Chief Information Officer Todd Richardson says in the former paper process it was more difficult to get records to the right place at the right time...


 

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