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4:03 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Gas Prices Could Fall To $3.00 A Gallon

Credit blog.gasbuddy.com

A gas price expert says the good news is fuel prices will be dropping this fall, the bad news is U.S. drivers spent $3 billion dollars more this summer on gas than in 2012.


Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski from the website gasbuddy.com......


 

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Construction likely this fall
4:00 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Helipad Proceeds at Howard Young In Woodruff

Credit co.oneida.wi.gov

Unless there's an unexpected circuit court challenge, Ministry Health Care has gotten approval to construct a new helicopter pad at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.


Ministry officials have sought to build the upgraded helipad for 10 months. Oneida County's Planning and Development committee approved a conditional use permit, but that permit was challenged by the town of Woodruff. Last week a board that hears county land use appeals, the Board of Adjustment, also approved the conditional use permit.

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Recent Iron County Citizen's Forum meeting
2:22 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

More Water Data Needed For Mine EIS

Bad River Watershed
Credit basineducation.uwex.edu

There's been a call to gather data over a longer period of time to see the impact of mining on water bodies near the proposed G-TAC (Gogebic Taconite) mine.


At a recent Iron County Citizen's Forum, Matt Hudson from Northland College in Ashland and Tony Janisch from the Bad River Watershed Association made presentations about the need for more science before a decision is made on mining.


Terry Daulton from the Citizen's Forum says Hudson talked about the need to gather data...


 

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Several incidents
3:02 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

PCA in Tomahawk Fined By OSHA

Federal workplace safety officials announced $185,000 in fines Thursday against a Tomahawk cardboard box plant where an employee was severely burned in March -- and where five other workers died in mishaps since 2008. In the latest incident, a worker at the Packaging Corporation of America was in the process of re-lighting a steam boiler when he got burned.

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Talk on tax breaks for business
5:46 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Grow North Meeting Features State Revenue Secretary

Credit threelakes.com

The person who watches the state's revenue is coming to the Northwoods this week.


The Executive Director of the regional economic development corporation...Sarah Kapellusch says the group's quarterly meeting this Friday in Tomahawk will welcome a member of Governor Walker's cabinet...


 



"...we have invited Richard Chandler, Secretary of the Department of Revenue to come up and talk about how the state budget is impacting businesses up here. That includes manufacturing and tax credits...."

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Fall also looking strong
4:02 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Summer Tourism Rebounds After Slow Start

The Northwoods
Credit tpl.org

The season started slow, but has really come on. That's the assessment of an area tourism spokesperson.

Kim Baltus leads the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce and is also president of the Oneida County Tourism Council.

She says the early warm season activities were frozen out...literally...by an unusually long winter and cold spring. Once the ice left the lakes, things changed... 

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Decision Made By Attorney General
8:50 am
Fri August 30, 2013

WPS Fined $80K For Emissions Violation

The Attorney General's office has reached a judgment against Wisconsin Public Service because of violations of it's air pollution control permit.  The northeastern Wisconsin utility is being fined $80,000.

The civil complaint was filed in Marathon County Circuit Court.  DNR Air Management spokesperson Jeff Johnson talks about what happened this week.

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Workers Looking to Make a Living
4:51 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

National Fair Wage Rally Hits Wausau

No protest activity took place at the Rhinelander McDonald's.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Fast-food workers in at least 50 cities rallied Thursday to get higher wages and have the right to organize.


Wausau organizer Melissa Alice Engles-Lewis says minimum wage workers don't have the means to support families on their wages. 



"They're having a hard time paying their bills. They're having a hard time putting groceries on the table. Nobody wants to be on any public assistance, of course, But when you work these jobs you almost have to be(on assistance) because you have no other options..."

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Proposal Incites Controversy
4:45 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Federal Approval For Off-Reservation Casino Divides Tribes

The Menominee have an existing on-reservation in Keshena, WI.
Credit By Royalbroil (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Forest County Potawatomi tribe is condemning another tribe’s proposal for an off reservation casino approved Friday by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. 

The Menominee tribe wants to build a gaming facility in Kenosha.  But Potawatomi Spokesperson George Ermert says the area falls within Potawatomi ceded territory. 

“Potawatomi historical lands have traditionally stretched from the tip of Door County, all along the shores of Lake Michigan.  So for one tribe to go on another tribe’s historical lands is a very very big deal.”

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Vilas county electric generation
9:02 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Company Buys Otter Rapids Dam From WPS

Otter Rapids Dam
Credit threelfbybike

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..."

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