Business & Industry

Roads not ready yet
5:21 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

DOT Frozen Road Law Changed For Northern Haulers

Credit Oregon Department of Transportation


Though temperatures have been cold, it's still several days before Wisconsin's Frozen Road Law will kick in. That word from the D.O.T.... but a new way of looking at hat roads are covered under the law has been announced.

The D.O.T.'s Mike Sproul says they've worked with the trucking industry to establish new boundaries for four of the state’s five frost zones....

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Held at Boom Lake in June
4:00 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Rhinelander Event Celebrates Logging Heritage

The logging boom.

A new event promoting northern Wisconsin's logging heritage is coming to Rhinelander next summer.

Ken Krall talked with Chamber of Commerce Director Lara Reed about the Boom Lake Log Jam.

Reed says there will be things to do for the whole family.

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Chamber bucks
4:14 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Chamber Promotion Successful in keeping $$ In Area

Lara Reed

Local merchants are working to have customer dollars stay locally instead of going out of town via the internet or buying in another community.

That's the thrust of a Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce promotion called "Chamber Bucks". Director Lara Reed says customers come to the Chamber to buy what amounts to a gift certificate there and then can redeem the Chamber Bucks at any participating chamber businesses...


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Big Day For Business
2:37 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Black Friday Tide Lifts All Boats

Manager Chris Turk says was good Friday at Hodag Pawn and Gun.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Shoppers were out in force today as big box stores featured discounts and sales.   It was a good day even for businesses that weren’t offering deals.

“It is noticeably busier, but we do nothing different with our prices.  There is definitely more foot traffic on black Friday.”

So says Chris Turk, manager of Hodag Gun and Pawn in Rhinelander, which sells pawned used items and new guns.  Turk says many of the customers today have been hunters and people buying holiday gifts.           

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Transportation Service Rare in Northwoods
6:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Launches Public Transit Service

The new transit service will be up and running on Monday.
Credit Lac du Flambeau

Public transportation is returning to at least one part of the Northwoods, thanks to Lac du Flambeau.  

  The tribe is partnering with the Menominee Nation to provide transportation between several stops in Lac du Flambeau and the Minocqua-Woodruff area.  Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says it will be the only public transit available in the area.

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"chicken or egg" dilemma
5:06 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Expert: Talking Will Lead To More Local Rail Service


An Upper Peninsula college professor says communication breakdowns between business and the railroads is hurting commerce in northern Wisconsin and the U.P.

The Northwoods Rail Transit Commission met last week in Rhinelander. The group is composed of 11 Wisconsin counties and two from the U.P., trying to increase rail use in the region.

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Under $3.00 gallon in Milwaukee
12:04 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Gas Prices Likely Stable For the Holidays, Rise In 2014


Holiday gas prices are expected to be stable but longer term they are likely to rise again, according to a petroleum analyst for the website gas buddy dot com

Prices have been declining since summer, with some stations in Milwaukee below $3.00 a gallon.

Patrick DeHaan says as the weather gets colder people don't drive as much...


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Sales Slowing Down
12:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Home Prices Continue to Climb

An economist says a high inventory is keeping prices from soaring.
Credit Bill McChesney

Home prices went up again last month, but the number of sales remained flat. 

Wisconsin Realtors Association reports median sale prices are up seven and a half percent so far this year...compared to 2012.  Economist David Clark says a high market inventory should keep prices from skyrocketing.

“I think those increases will moderate as we go forward.  And that ought to keep housing relatively affordable.”

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High Speed Access Plan Gets Pushback
3:30 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Phelps Broadband Tower Goes to Referendum

The town of Phelps has little high-speed internet access outside of downtown.
Credit Bill Wilkinson / WXPR News

Voters in Phelps will have a referendum next spring on whether to go ahead with a plan for a new wireless internet tower.  

A town meeting vote narrowly defeated a proposal for buying a property slated for tower construction.  But a margin of just five votes prompted the town board this week to approve a referendum.

Phelps Town Chair Colin Snook says better high speed access would boost the economy. 

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Hoping for Tourism Dollars
4:34 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Wolf River Scenic Byway Plan Moves Forward

A proposed scenic byway would skirt parts of the Wolf River.
Credit Royalbroil via Wikimedia Commons

A plan for a Scenic Byway in Forest County is just one step away from becoming a reality.  

The Wolf River Heritage Corridor would follow Highway 55, north from Langlade to Nelma near Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

The more than one hundred mile route bisects the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community.  It also includes a loop near Three Lakes. 

Forest County Economic Development Director Jim Schuessler says getting the scenic byway designation is a rigorous process. 

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