A $600,000 state grant will enable a study as to why Wisconsin's forest products industry is declining while at the same time the number of trees has grown.
The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association...headquartered in Rhinelander...and the Wisconsin County Forests Association are administering the grant. The funding came from an amendment put into the state budget by State Senator Tom Tiffany.
There's still a few things you can do to save yourself from the tax bite before 2014 comes this Wednesday .
Certified Public Accountant Mary Schwaiger from Reach and Schwaiger in Eagle River...
"....if you're itemizing deductions, it does make sense to make more charitable contributions before the end of the year, pay your property taxes ahead of time. Paying the property taxes also gives you a credit on the state of Wisconsin, so that helps on both ends..."
Home sales were up slightly in November for the Northern part of the state, according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association. That bucks the trend for the rest of the state, which saw an overall dip in sales for November. Marquette University economist David Clark says median price increases were also high – at over 8 percent in the north.
Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is more than halfway to its fundraising goal for moving to a new location. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Rhinelander has donated $25,000 to help the food pantry buy a new building.
Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says it’s the capitol campaign’s largest donation so far.
“We have had two or three major donations. But mostly they’re donations of anywhere from one hundred to a thousand dollars typically.”
New electronics often find their way under the Christmas tree and a DNR spokesperson says don't throw the old electronics out in the trash.
The E-Cycle Wisconsin program began about four years ago as electronics manufacturers help fund the recycling program.
Coordinator Sarah Murray describes what should be e-cycled...
"....so if folks have old TV's, computers, computer accessories, any type of computer electronics like that there's several sites throughout the state where they can take those to be properly recycled...."
Snowmobile trails are opening across the Northwoods. Phelps trails open Thursday, and Forest County trails open Friday.
Most Oneida County trails opened Wednesday. Minocqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus says wintry conditions this early in the year is a big deal.
“It’s been several years since the trails have been open before the holidays, and a very long time since we’ve been able to really invite tourists to come and spend their holiday vacation hopefully between Christmas and New Years in the Northwoods.”
Business incubators have been started in at least two Northwoods counties and Oneida county might also be looking into it.
An incubator works by putting several mostly new small businesses in one building, sharing relatively low rent and utilities with the idea toward growth and eventually leaving the nest.
During this week's Board of Supervisor's meeting, Oneida County Economic Development Corporation Director Roger Luce said critics say the incubator's compete with private sector rentals. He disputes that...