Business & Industry

Warmer winter helps
5:29 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

A Year Makes A Real Difference In Propane Supply, Cost


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....."

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Club Awaits Rental Equipment
3:59 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Mechanical Problems Mean Rugged Conditions on Eagle River Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobile trails have been in rough shape in the Eagle River area this week, due to mechanical groomer issues.
Credit Manfred Werner

Eagle River snowmobile trails are in rough condition this week, thanks to mechanical issues with grooming equipment.

The Sno-Eagles Club says all three of its trail groomers are down for the count and being repaired.

Spokesperson Holly Tomlanovich says trails haven’t been groomed in several days and conditions have deteriorated. 

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Business & Industry
4:16 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Gas Prices Continue to Drop

Next, we hear from Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website

Ken Krall talked with Gregg Laskoski about the national gas price average dropping below two dollars a gallon and if the trend will continue....

That's Gregg Laskoski from the website

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Slight Growth Since Previous Year
12:39 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Northern Wisconsin Homes Sales Outpace State in 2014

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.

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Providing a Resource for Workers
12:07 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Workers' Rights Center Opens in Rhinelander

Rhinelander will be home to northern Wisconsin’s only workers’ rights center after Monday.

The Northern Wisconsin Center for Working People opens today in the ArtStart building downtown.

President Jackie Cody says workers need advocates and access to information throughout the state, not just in cities.

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Kenosha Casino Deadline Approaches
4:40 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Menominee, Potawatomi Tribes At Odds Interpreting BIA Decision

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. 

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Looking Back on Earthquake Aftermath
6:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Five Years Later, Analyzing Relief in Haiti

A earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale wracked Haiti five years ago, January 12, 2010.
Credit UN Photo/Logan Abassi / United Nations Development Programme

Monday marks five years since a massive earthquake in Haiti.

We’re going to talk with Northwoods native Kate Zambon, a graduate student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. 

She recently produced an episode for the school’s 3620 Podcast… that takes a look at the legacy left behind by the swell of relief efforts in Haiti.

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Zambon about the project.  

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Lowest in Years
4:05 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Natural Gas Prices Fall In Time For Peak Heating Season

Natural gas customers are likely to pay less this winter, thanks to falling prices.

Gasoline prices aren’t the only ones falling. Natural gas prices are also dropping.

Residential rates are about thirty percent lower this January than they were last year.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says it depends on how much you use, but you’ll likely see a lower bill. 

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Wastewater Treament Plant Requires Upgrades
2:29 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Tomahawk Residents Face 25 Percent Sewer Rate Hike

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. 

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Snowmobile Derby Approaches
11:13 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Winter Visitors Flock To Ski and Snowmobile Trails

Trails are becoming more frozen thanks to recent subzero temperatures.
Credit Joe Ross

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.

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