The state has obtained a judgment against a metal fabrication facility in Merrill for violations of state pollution control laws.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen reports his office fined Merrill Fab, Inc. $60,000 including court costs. The DNR compliant reports Merrill Fab was classified as a "major source" of air pollution for toluene and xylene. Officials say over exposure to these pollutants can be a serious health threat.
Boulder Junction is hoping to rally enthusiasm for its growing bike trail system this summer.
Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith says the original Boulder Junction trail was built in 1994 and has been expanding ever since. Right now there are 29 miles of paved trail connecting Boulder Junction with Sayner and St. Germaine. And she says there’s more to come.
A burglar robbed a family-owned greenhouse of thousands of dollars this week.
Brent Hanson of Hanson’s Garden Village in Rhinelander says a thief apparently broke in between closing Sunday night and opening Monday morning.
“They were looking around in the office, and there should not have been an extra safe key in the office, but they took enough time to open up a lot of desk drawers in the office and actually open it up with the key and get away.”
Advocates and industry leaders are beginning to digest the EPA’s proposed rule package on carbon emissions for power plants. The plan would require Wisconsin power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 34 percent between 2005 and 2030.
Keith Reopelle of Clean Wisconsin says the proposed changes are modest ones, and will be economic drivers for clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels.
Now that Memorial Day weekend is behind us, many businesses are reporting a strong start to the summer tourism season.
Minocqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus says business seems to have been higher than usual for the holiday weekend.
“It was definitely up for the businesses that I spoke to. I talked to a couple of different restaurants that said it was their largest Saturday on Memorial Weekend that they’ve ever had. Typically Memorial Day is not the best weekend – but we certainly proved that wrong.”
Proponents of a controversial off-road park in Forest County have unveiled the details of their proposal.
A planning committee has selected a location north of Laona, near the intersections of county highways G and O. It includes a stretch of the Peshtigo River.
The group Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated wants Forest County to purchase the 10-thousand acre site over a series of several years and phases. The land is currently held by private companies Crandon Timber and Plum Creek.
While the jobless numbers are trending down across the U.S., those numbers remain above the national average in most of the Northwoods.
Last week the state released unemployment numbers for local communities. Iron county has the state's second highest rate, trailing only Menominee county, at 13.3 percent. Vilas county is third highest at 11.3. Forest county is 7th highest at 9.3 percent, followed by Oneida county's 8.9 percent. Langlade county has fallen to 8.1 percent and Lincoln county is at 7.7 percent.