Business & Industry

Training is key
3:24 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Barry: A Million Jobs Open In Wisconsin By 2020

Jonathan Barry with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch
Credit WXPR Ken Krall

The newly passed state budget will put $100 million dollars more into workforce development and a state leader says it's designed to help local people get jobs.


Department of Workforce Development Deputy Jonathan Barry says the new state budget for the first time puts state money into workforce development. He says the budget funds a new way to analyze the state's workforce, giving technical colleges, job centers and employers better data...


 

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
4:04 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Armed Guards at GTAC Site Draw Ire, But Not From Lt. Governor

Shown: down the road from the mine proposed mine site near Upson, WI.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor says worker safety is a priority at the Gogebic Taconite mine site in Iron County. 

The company has drawn criticism for hiring military-style security guards armed with assault weapons to patrol the drilling area.  Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch points out GTAC is working to bring jobs to the area. 

“I think we have a duty to make sure that those folks, who are working to better that double digit unemployment rate that we talk so much about, are safe.”

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Non-profits asked to enter
3:41 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Third WPS Energy Challenge Announced

Solar Panels Saving Energy
Credit WPS

Wisconsin Public Service has put an August 23 deadline for Northwoods non-profits to enter the "2013 Energy Challenge". This is the third year WPS is sponsoring the challenge.


Up to 20 selected non-profits could earn up to $1,500 for their conservation efforts and also help the community save energy.


WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the challenge is designed to have non-profits do tasks that save energy...

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Business & Industry
3:02 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Country Fest Wields Economic Clout

The Hodag Country Festival begins Thursday.
Credit Matt Clark

Rhinelander is about to get hit with a wave of country music fans, during the area’s biggest tourism event. 

  The four-day Hodag Country Festival begins Thursday, and tens of thousands of people are expected to attend.  Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Lara Reed says the economic impact on the region is huge.

“We say for every visitor that spends the night in our community, it’s $180 a day. So if we say there’s 20,000 people for Hodag Country Fest, it’s a $3.6 million impact a day for the duration of the festival.”

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Pukall Lumber
4:53 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Fire At Long-Time Arbor Vitae Business

Fire severely damaged a main building at Pukall Lumber on Highway 70 in Arbor Vitae Wednesday afternoon.


Firefighters from Arbor Vitae, Woodruff and Minocqua, Plum Lake, St. Germain. Little Rice and Lake Tomahawk were on the scene after the call came in shortly after 3:00 p.m.


Reports indicate the fire was in one of the older buildings at the well-known business, which housed a panel shop, molding and floor planer.


No injuries were reported. Highway 70 was closed for about an hour while fire units were arriving.

Building the Local Workforce
2:52 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Nicolet Ramps Up Welding Program

Nicolet Area Technical College is partnering with manufacturing company Oldenburg Group.
Credit Ryan Neuls

Nicolet Area Technical College is working with Oldenburg Group, which has a facility west of  Rhinelander, to get more welders in the workforce.

Oldenburg makes equipment for military operations and mining.

Dean of Trades and Industry at Nicolet, Brigitte Parsons says the increased emphasis on programs like welding shows a growing need in the marketplace.

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Gas Prices
1:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Gas Prices Fall In Time For July Fourth Travel

Gas prices have fallen more than almost 50 cents since last month.
Credit Andrew Taylor

Wisconsin gas prices continue to fall, and that’s great news for July Fourth holiday travelers.

Petroleum Analyst for the website gasbuddy.com, Gregg Laskoski, says the national average has fallen has fallen from $3.64 to $3.49 per gallon.  In Wisconsin the decrease has been more dramatic, from $3.93 a month ago down to $3.44 today.

"Wisconsin was hit hard as part of the Great Lakes region and the Plains states that really had tremendous refinery and supply problems from mid-May up until recent weeks..."

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Changes Accelerate In 20-14
4:35 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Chamber Hosts Affordable Care Act Session

Lara Reed
Credit StarJournalNow.com

 


The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is hosting an information session for area businesses on the unfolding provisions of the Affordable Care Act.


Executive Director Lara Reed outlines the "Lunch and Learn" gathering...



  


"...the whole idea is to take a look at the bill...what it means for small businesses. Things you need to know, how it will apply to your business and what (businesses) can do to be ready when it is implemented in 2014...."

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Penokee Mine
2:48 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Iron Co. Holding Off On Mining Ordinance

About a hundred people gathered in Hurley Monday night for a public hearing.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

 

Iron County zoning officials have taken no action on an ordinance to regulate the mining of metals. That decision after a public hearing on the rules that would affect a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills. The hearing drew about a hundred people.

Few empty seats remained in the Memorial Building in Hurley last night...during a two hour public hearing. Residents fervently expressed the need for jobs and environmental protection in light of Gogibic Taconite's proposal to set up a mine on the border of Iron and Ashland counties.

 

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Still apply in other states
4:58 am
Mon July 1, 2013

WisDOT Exempts State Haulers From New Rules

Hauling a load
Credit Freightlinertrucks.com

Wisconsin will create its own set of Hours of Service rules for truckers hauling loads within the state. The federal government set new rules for haulers which began this week. Drivers must stop for half-an-hour after 8 hours on the road. By creating its own rules, Wisconsin will suspend the federal rules for three years.

Great Lakes Timber Professionals Director Henry Schienebeck says the state recognized the new rules could hurt log haulers...

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