What a difference a year makes. Last winter there was a critical shortage of propane, a heating fuel used by many rural residents. If you could get the fuel at all, it was very costly.
A spokesperson for the Wisconsin State Energy Office, Stephanie Marquis says things are much different this year...
".....we have plenty of propane at the major terminals. When we talk to our retailers they say they're keeping up with their customers(needs). Right now the price of propane was about $1.79 a gallon and that's even lower than they were last fall....."
December wasn’t a great month for home sales in northern Wisconsin, but the region still managed to exceed its total sales volume from the previous year.
Sales in northern Wisconsin dropped by more than 7 percent in December compared to that month in 2013. But this part of the state came out ahead when looking at the year as a whole, with sales up about one percent according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association.
Those gains are the strongest of any region in Wisconsin.
The Menominee tribe says its proposal for a Kenosha casino is getting closer to reality, now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has rejected an amendment between the state and the Forest County Potawatomi.
But the Potawatomi say the state could still owe the tribe money if the Kenosha casino moves forward.
The amendment would have put the state and the Menominee tribe on the hook to make up any Potawatomi losses as a result of a new casino in nearby Kenosha.
Gary Besaw is Chair of the Menominee Kenosha Gaming Authority.
Tomahawk residents are paying more for their wastewater treatment. The average user will pay about a hundred dollars more each year in sewer bills.
The city of Tomahawk has approved a 25 percent sewer rate increase that went into effect January 1st. The extra money will help pay for upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant, which dates back to the 1950s.
Public Works Director Mike Tolvstad says the first phase of the project began when the roof of the solid waste digester was found to be structurally unsound.
There wasn’t enough snow in Eagle River to build its famous ice castle this year, but there is enough to make winter recreation enthusiasts happy.
Good snow conditions and low gas prices mean tourists are coming north to enjoy winter sports. Kim Emerson, Executive Director of the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center, says as usual over Christmas break there were many visitors out cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and, of course, snowmobiling.