Business & Industry

Searching for Economic Solutions
4:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Red Cliff Tribe Hosts Summit on Mining Alternatives

Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes are organizing a conference on economic alternatives to mining January 7-9.  

Red Cliff Mining Resources Specialist Sandy Gokee says the tribes are inviting specialists to talk about the impacts of iron mining, as well as explore the potential of other economic drivers. 

“We wanted them to share their knowledge about the effects of mining.  Viable alternatives to extraction, cultural knowledge; because we wanted to kind of bring it all together with our native world view.” 

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Low prices, lots of fruit
3:55 am
Tue December 30, 2014

More Marketing Sought For Cranberry Growers

A cranberry harvest

State cranberry growers might  increase fees to allow for more marketing of Wisconsin's official fruit.

Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection spokesperson Ann Marie Ames says that agency certifies the referendum, which allows for more marketing spending if growers approve...

"...this is money that the marketing board would then use for research, education and market development of Wisconsin's cranberry industry..."

Ames outlines marketing goals..

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In Time For Holiday Visitors
11:47 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Conditions Improve: Oneida County Snowmobile Trails Open Tuesday

Snowmobile riders will have more options to choose from after Oneida County trails open Tuesday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

After a few inches of fresh snowfall, Oneida County is opening snowmobile trails Tuesday at 5 pm. 

Oneida County Snowmobile Council President Steve Moran says there are some rough spots on the trails. 

“Well, we could use more snow.  Hopefully we’re gonna get the snow they’re predicting.  Mostly they’re white, there’s gonna be some wet spots, that’s the biggest concern we have.  Swamps are not frozen with all the warm weather we’ve had, and the insulating snow we had earlier in November.” 

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Year-to-Date Sales Show Slight Increase
11:36 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Despite Poor November Sales, Northern Wisconsin Housing Market Keeps Pace

As we approach the end of the year, Northern Wisconsin’s housing market is looking good compared to 2013.

Sales in this part of the state are up about 1.6 percent so far this year. 

That’s the opposite of the statewide trend, which is lagging behind last year’s sales by about two percent. 

Economist Dave Clark says the numbers in northern Wisconsin show a small but solid improvement. 

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Hitting the Roads and Taking to the Skies
4:23 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Cheaper Gas Means More Holiday Spending, Travel

Highways everywhere are likely to be busy this weekend.
Credit Ryan Stubbs /,_Looking_West_Towards_Highway_402.jpg

More people are traveling this holiday season thanks to falling gas prices. 

Cheaper winter blends of gas tend to cause a dip in prices every year.  But these are the lowest they’ve been in five years, with a statewide average of 2.46 a gallon.

According to Senior Petroleum Analyst Greg Laskoski, a survey finds low gas prices are impacting the plans of about a quarter of travelers. 

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Will Come On Board In January
4:40 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

WXPR Hires Rondello As New Station Manager

Credit Submitted photo

After a nationwide search, WXPR Public Radio has hired longtime Northwoods resident and current WXPR volunteer Pete Rondello as new station manager. 

Rondello graduated from Eagle River High School and currently lives near Boulder Junction.  Though he’s worked with Coldwell Banker in Minocqua for more than twenty years, Rondello has a background in radio that predates his work in real estate. 

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Melting Snow and Bare Ground
4:30 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Snowmobile Trails Thin After Warm Weekend Temps

Snowmobile riders are being advised to wait until conditions improve.

This weekend’s thaw was bad news for winter recreation trails. 

Snowmobile trails in Iron County closed Monday after being open since early December.  Forest Administrator Joe Vairus says a significant amount of snow melted during the thaw. 


“It was 45 degrees for a few days, so things really opened up. It looked like spring.  The swamps are open and the trails are bare in a lot of places so we’ve got to get things frozen again and get snow coverage on top of that.  So it will take several inches, a foot or two.”

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Business & Industry
11:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Restaurant Survey Finds Desire to Improve Rhinelander Dining Scene


Rhinelander restaurants may need better lighting and fresher food.  Those are some of the suggestions coming out of a restaurant survey done by UW Extension and Downtown Rhinelander Inc.

Oneida County Community Resource and Development Agent Tim Brown says researchers conducted focus groups with both older and younger adults…to see how age might dictate restaurant preferences. 

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New website
4:40 am
Mon December 15, 2014

U.P. Residents Can Find Heating Help Online


Upper Peninsula residents looking for help paying utility bills or heating homes have a central source to go to for help.

The Michigan Propane Gas Association has put together a non-profit website at heatingmyhome. org that has agencies and places residents can find help.

Spokesperson Joe Ross says after the brutally cold winter last year, this type of "one stop shop" was needed....

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Helps Border-Crossing Haulers
4:47 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

MI Allows Heavier Log Loads from WI

It’s now a little easier for Wisconsin log haulers to cross the Michigan border. 

Michigan transportation officials will now issue permits to allow 98,000 pound loads on six axles…where they previously only allowed gross weights of 90,000 pounds on five axles.

DOT Permitting Chief Kathleen Nichols says it expands the season for log hauling. 

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