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....
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.
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.
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...
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.”
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.
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.