Business & Industry

New terminal opens in Hixton
4:01 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

More Propane Likely To Be Available This Winter

Propane tank

A new propane terminal has opened in Hixton in west central Wisconsin and a state spokesperson says that new facility will help get more propane to customers this winter. Stephanie Marquis from the Division of Energy Services...

"....and with the new propane terminal that is opening today in Hixton that is going to be a very strong asset because they can load 360,000 gallons of propane and they can load six trucks per hour...."

Propane prices hit $6.00 per gallon during the shortage last winter, but Marquis says the price today is....

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ATV Use Would Compromise Silent Sports Funding
6:37 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Conover Delays Action on Bike Trail Project

A push for ATV access in Vilas County is prompting the town of Conover to reconsider construction of a bike trail.
Credit Robert Thigpen

Conover hasn’t yet decided whether to change course on its plan for a federally-funded bike and snowmobile trial.

The Conover Town Center was packed and tempers flared last night during a special town board meeting called to discuss allowing ATVs on part of the trail route.

An ATV trail in Conover would connect trails between Eagle River and Phelps. But silent sport enthusiasts were concerned that motorizing the trail would be a danger to bikers, pedestrians, and equestrians alike.

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Creative Learning Opportunity
4:41 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Students Pitch Products, Sales Ideas at 'Mini Business World'

High schoolers got some hands-on experience pitching businesses and products this week.  An event called Mini Business World lets kids put to work the concepts they’ve learned in class. 

Donning their finest professional attire, students from Three Lakes and Rhinelander High Schools spent the day creating sales pitches for catchy products they invented: like an edible vaccine called Vaxilicious, the “candy that cures”.  Rhinelander Senior Dominic Littleton says his group came up with the idea of a protein bar for athletes they call Panther Energy. 

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Moving Ahead With Master Plan
4:38 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

NRB Delays Decision on Woodboro Lakes ATV Trail

ATV use could be part of the master plan that DNR staffers will be working on for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The public will have a few more chances to give input before ATVs are allowed on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area near Rhinelander. 

The state Natural Resources Board has postponed a decision on ATV access for a specific trail, opting instead to first develop a master plan for the property.

DNR property planner Tom Watkins says that will allow managers to take a broader look at how the property should be used long term.

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Federal funding at stake
5:07 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Conover May Question Its Bike Path Plan

A path for walking, biking and snowmobiling could fall by the wayside if the Conover Town Board decides to back out on its grant-funded plan.
Credit Belal Khan

The town of Conover may reconsider its plans to build the first leg of a bike trail connecting Conover with Phelps. The move comes alongside Vilas County’s push to explore more ATV route options. 

Conover town board members are scheduled to discuss Wednesday whether to back out of an 850-thousand dollar bike path and snowmobile route. 

Funding has already been lined up from the Department of Transportation and local snowmobile clubs. 

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Concern over Northwoods service
3:55 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Rail Group Finding New Business To Keep Service Here

Credit Northwoods Rail Transit Commission

A group hoping to preserve or even expand freight rail service has been gathering information  to present to the last rail line in the region that there is business here that needs freight service.

The Northwoods Rail Transit Commission has 19 counties from northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Canadian National is the rail line the group is working with to keep the freight lines going in this region.

Wendy Gelhoff from Florence county is the Northwoods Rail chairperson. She says they've been working to show Canadian National the numbers...

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Wisconsin Produces Millions of Barrels
10:28 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Cranberry Harvest Down But Still Strong

Cranberry harvest near Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.
Credit jkb via

Cranberry growers are reporting lower yields than last year but say the quality of fruit has been exceptional. 

Michael O’Brien, manager of the 320-acre Lake Nokomis Cranberries in Eagle River, says yields may have been down because of cool temperatures.   

“Basically weather, we’re dealing with two short seasons in a row.  This summer was quite cool compared to previous years.  That affects blossom, and how the bees respond to the blossom.  Just less heat units in general, we just had less heat to work with.”

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The largest program of its kind in the U.S.
9:36 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Federal Grant to Fund Vocational Program for Native Americans

A federal grant will allow the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council to keep funding a disability jobs program for Native Americans.  The grant provides $1.3 million dollars a year for five years. 

Program Director Pat Lerch says the Vocational Rehabilitation for Native Americans program aims to help those with disabilities overcome obstacles and find work.

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Waiting for Federal Action
2:08 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Two States Battle Over Who Should Pay for U.P. Power Plant

Upper Peninsula electric customers could see a significant rate increase December 1st…if federal regulators don’t intervene. But Michigan utility regulators are looking into a long term plan to upgrade electricity generation in the region. 

Public Service Commissions in Wisconsin and Michigan are tied up in a dispute over who should pay to operate the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette.

It’s a coal-fired plant that Wisconsin Electric wants to retire, but Michigan authorities say it’s needed as a back up to ensure a reliable supply of electricity. 

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Keeping Pace With Strong Sales in 2013
2:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Northern Home Sales Steady in September

Home sales last month were similar to sales last September.  The latest numbers from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show a half a percent increase in September sales for northern Wisconsin.  Meanwhile sales statewide fell slightly by just two tenths of a percentage point. 

Economist Dave Clark says it’s good news that the market is keeping up with last year’s strong sales. 

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