Families and individuals struggling to pay high heat bills may be able to get help. Northwoods state lawmakers stopped in Rhinelander today to spread the word about the nonprofit Keep Wisconsin Warm fund.
That program has expanded its income limits to 80 percent of the state median income…to try and help more working households who may be feeling the pinch.
Senator Tom Tiffany, and Representatives Rob Swearingin, Jeff Mursau and Mary Czaja each donated a hundred dollars to the fund. Tiffany noted donations can be routed to aid whichever county you choose.
While portions of Wisconsin are seeing robust growth in home sales and prices, northern Wisconsin lags behind.
Still, an economist says things are improving.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association recent report found statewide, the median price up 7 percent from 2012 and sales up 10 percent from a year earlier. In the north, sales were up 5 percent, but prices were up just under two percent. Many southern and western Wisconsin counties had double-digit growth in both columns.
Eagle River is on the front end of a trend that’s becoming more popular across Wisconsin: winter farmers markets. The new effort could make local food available all year round, even in a cold Northwoods climate.
When Al Pittelko, executive director of the Eagle River Revitalization Program, was approached about holding a winter farmers’ market, he hesitated.
“I said how can we when we don’t have any farmers’ stuff," he said, "but they do.”
The economic impact of tourism in Vilas county and elsewhere was shown in a recent report.
The state reported tourism accounted for more than $10 billion in visitor spending in Wisconsin in 2012, $6 billion of that on dining, retail and recreation. Cindy Burzinski, Executive Director of Vilas County Tourism and Publicity says visitors spent a lot of money in places to stay, eat, and shop...
"....in 2012, visitor expenditures were at $195.4 million dollars, and that was a 10 percent increase over 2011...."
State of the art sorting technology has arrived in the Northwoods. Eagle River Waste and Recycling has opened a new facility that sorts different types recyclables locally, instead of having to be shipped far away to places like Whitewater.
The green and yellow painted machine looks kind of like a playground for recycling: instead of kids going down slides, it’s flattened bottles and cans headed up and down on conveyor belts.