Business & Industry

Transportation Service Rare in Northwoods
6:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Launches Public Transit Service

The new transit service will be up and running on Monday.
Credit Lac du Flambeau

Public transportation is returning to at least one part of the Northwoods, thanks to Lac du Flambeau.  

  The tribe is partnering with the Menominee Nation to provide transportation between several stops in Lac du Flambeau and the Minocqua-Woodruff area.  Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says it will be the only public transit available in the area.

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"chicken or egg" dilemma
5:06 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Expert: Talking Will Lead To More Local Rail Service

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

An Upper Peninsula college professor says communication breakdowns between business and the railroads is hurting commerce in northern Wisconsin and the U.P.

The Northwoods Rail Transit Commission met last week in Rhinelander. The group is composed of 11 Wisconsin counties and two from the U.P., trying to increase rail use in the region.

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Under $3.00 gallon in Milwaukee
12:04 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Gas Prices Likely Stable For the Holidays, Rise In 2014

Credit blog.gasbuddy.com

Holiday gas prices are expected to be stable but longer term they are likely to rise again, according to a petroleum analyst for the website gas buddy dot com

Prices have been declining since summer, with some stations in Milwaukee below $3.00 a gallon.

Patrick DeHaan says as the weather gets colder people don't drive as much...

 

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Sales Slowing Down
12:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Home Prices Continue to Climb

An economist says a high inventory is keeping prices from soaring.
Credit Bill McChesney

Home prices went up again last month, but the number of sales remained flat. 

Wisconsin Realtors Association reports median sale prices are up seven and a half percent so far this year...compared to 2012.  Economist David Clark says a high market inventory should keep prices from skyrocketing.

“I think those increases will moderate as we go forward.  And that ought to keep housing relatively affordable.”

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High Speed Access Plan Gets Pushback
3:30 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Phelps Broadband Tower Goes to Referendum

The town of Phelps has little high-speed internet access outside of downtown.
Credit Bill Wilkinson / WXPR News

Voters in Phelps will have a referendum next spring on whether to go ahead with a plan for a new wireless internet tower.  

A town meeting vote narrowly defeated a proposal for buying a property slated for tower construction.  But a margin of just five votes prompted the town board this week to approve a referendum.

Phelps Town Chair Colin Snook says better high speed access would boost the economy. 

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Hoping for Tourism Dollars
4:34 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Wolf River Scenic Byway Plan Moves Forward

A proposed scenic byway would skirt parts of the Wolf River.
Credit Royalbroil via Wikimedia Commons

A plan for a Scenic Byway in Forest County is just one step away from becoming a reality.  

The Wolf River Heritage Corridor would follow Highway 55, north from Langlade to Nelma near Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

The more than one hundred mile route bisects the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community.  It also includes a loop near Three Lakes. 

Forest County Economic Development Director Jim Schuessler says getting the scenic byway designation is a rigorous process. 

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A Win for Environment and Business
10:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

DNR: Focus on Recycling

Many people know to recycle aluminum cans, but they can still end up in landfills.
Credit Tom Morris

The DNR is reminding people to re-commit to recycling, and seek out more ways to re-use materials.  Friday is America Recycles Day nationwide. 

It’s a day that aims to call attention to how recycling is good for the environment and good for the economy. 

DNR recycling spokesperson Elisabeth Olson says around 100 million dollars of re-usable materials goes into landfills every year. 

“So often it’s your basic materials.  We’re still seeing plastics, aluminum, paper, steel.  These types of things, they’re going into our landfills.”

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Overages applied to rates
11:41 am
Thu November 7, 2013

State Regulator Denies WPS Rate Increase

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State utility regulator, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, is proposing that a utility serving much of central and northern Wisconsin cut rates.

Wisconsin Public Service had proposed a six percent electric rate increase and a four percent natural gas increase. Public Service Commission attorney Cindy Smith talked with Ken Krall about the Commission's decision.

Smith says the Commission should have the final order in place after public input sometime later this month.

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Leadership Oneida County
3:32 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Oneida County Non-Profits Can Get Free Help

The deadline is approaching for Oneida county non-profits to get some free volunteer help.

Each year Leadership Oneida County needs projects from non-profits. The effort is jointly sponsored by UW-Extension and Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. This year 16 professionals are learning about the business, education, medical, media and other aspects of Oneida county life with an eye toward finding a new generation of leaders here.

Chamber Director Lara Reed says they need at least five more non-profits to submit entries to have enough for the prospects...

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Debate Continues Over Tribal Gaming
2:00 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Supporting Kenosha Casino

The Lac du Flambeau tribe continues to support more Indian gaming in Wisconsin.  Lac du Flambeau president Tom Maulson has sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker in support of the Menominee proposal for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha. 

The Menominee plan has gained federal approval but is being held up by opposition from the Forest County Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk Tribes.  Joe Hunt is an off reservation gaming consultant for Lac du Flambeau. 

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