Business & Industry

Annual Farm Bureau survey
4:35 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Costs A Little More But Less Than Drive-thru?


When you finish your Thanksgiving meal you might ask, 'why did I eat so much?', but a state Farm Bureau spokesperson says the cost shouldn't give you additional pain.

Amy Eckelberg says they survey 12 items usually thought of on a traditional Thanksgiving table.  A 16 pound  turkey costs about a dollar more than last year. Pumpkin pie mix is up about 35 cents, and sweet potatoes are up 50 cents, but rolls are down 25 cents and a relish tray costs about as much as last year, among other items.

Eckelberg says dairy costs rose the sharpest...

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Helping to Stabilize Market
4:10 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

USDA Cranberry Purchase Good News For Growers

Last year saw a record crop fro Wisconsin's cranberry growers.
Credit James Lake Cranberry Marsh

Cranberry growers are pleased with the news that the USDA will start purchasing millions of pounds of surplus cranberries. 

High yields have driven prices down to as low as 10 to 19 cents a pound for processed fruit.

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Director Tom Lochner says at that price growers can’t break even.

 “It’s been declining.  We’ve seen the downward pressure on grower returns for three or four years now.  So hopefully we’ve reached the bottom and we’ll start to see signs that things are improving.”

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Bike and ATVs Could Both Use Corridor
5:27 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

DOT: Conover's Bike Trail Can't Allow ATVs, But Could Share Space With Second Trail

The town of Conover has about three weeks to decide whether to accept federal funding to build a bike trail.

After Vilas County officials asked the town to allow ATVs on a short stretch of the silent sports and snowmobile trail, state officials have clarified that it’s too late for changes to the project proposal. 

But DOT North Central Engineering Chief Brian Gaber says ATV groups could apply to build their own trail on the railroad grade, which is about a hundred feet wide.

He says ATV use would need to be separated from the silent sports portion. 

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Deadline Friday
2:49 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Business Owners Invited To Talk About Red Tape


Northwoods business leaders are invited to a meeting in Rhinelander to talk about cutting through  government red tape.

The Governor's Northern Summit is set for Minocqua on December 4 and 5. All the cabinet secretaries and staff, along with Governor Walker will be on hand to talk about what they are working on to spur economic development.

Two days prior to that event, a meeting is set at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Dana DeMet...

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F&S pet care leader
10:47 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Petco To Acquire Drs. Foster and Smith In Rhinelander

An established northern Wisconsin mail order pet supply business is being sold to a leading pet supplies retailer.

Petco announced they are acquiring Rhinelander based Doctors Foster and Smith. Petco will acquire both Drs. Foster & Smith's prescription services as well as its branded products.

The mail order supplier was founded in 1983 by veterinary doctors Rory and Race Foster, and Marty Smith has become the largest catalog and online pet supply marketer in America.

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October Surge
4:31 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Northern Home Sales Outpace Rest of State And Surpass 2013

Strong sales in October have put northern Wisconsin’s housing market ahead of where it was last year. 

Though sales had been lagging behind 2013 numbers, a burst of activity in October helped put the northern region about two percent over where it was at this time last year. 

Economist Dave Clark says more available housing stock is also helping other rural parts of the state do well. 

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Business & Industry
10:36 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Worker Falls to His Death in Mosinee

A contractor from Merrill fell about 25-feet to his death while installing insulation at a paper mill in Mosinee.  It happened yesterday morning at Expera Specialty Solutions, a former Wausau Paper facility.  Authorities said a 55-year-old man was working alone on a lift for about two hours, when he fell from a hydraulic bucket outside the building.  He was employed by Taylor Insulation of Merrill.  An Expera spokeswoman said the worker had completed mandatory training which includes measures to guard against falling.  The man's name was not immediately released.

Snowy Hurdle
1:29 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Still Unfrozen, Snow-Covered Roads Prove Challenging

Snow is insulated roads and trails that haven't frozen solid.
Credit Sylvia Duckworth

Snow is already piled high in the Northwoods, and it’s providing insulation for ground that hasn’t frozen over yet.  That's a problem for the logging industry and some recreational trails.

A thick blanket of snow will likely prevent the ground underneath from freezing solid, or at least slow down the process. 

Henry Schienebeck of Great Lakes Timber Professionals says with soft and wet ground conditions, loggers are having to clear or pack down the snow before bringing in trucks and equipment. 

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More Routes Possible In Vilas County
7:12 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Eagle River Will Accept ATV Route Proposals

ATV routes are being proposed for downtown Eagle River.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The debate over where All Terrain Vehicles, or ATVs, will be allowed to ride in Vilas County has sparked debates across the townships. Eagle River joined in the discussion last night. The city council will be accepting proposals for ATV routes downtown.

Last night’s city council meeting saw a lively discussion about whether and where to allow ATVs in Eagle River. Said city councilman Jerry Burkett,

ATVs are here. That doesn’t mean we can’t establish a corridor that works for everybody if we decide to do that.

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Lowest prices since 2010
3:15 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Gas Prices Keep Falling But End Of Drop In Sight

Credit flicker

Gas prices keep falling, but don't expect them to keep falling indefinitely.
That's the word from Triple "A" of Wisconsin's Nick Jarmusz..

".....we track gas prices everyday and the Wisconsin state average has fallen below three dollars a gallon for the first time since Dec. 21 of 2010. These are some....unusually low gas prices...."

So why are the prices dropping so fast?

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