Business & Industry

Looking for Tourism Dollars
10:48 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Casino Could Arrive In Upper Peninsula

An Upper Michigan ski resort is hoping add a hotel and casino to increase business.

Indianhead Mountain Ski Resort wants to work with the Lac Vieux Desert tribe to operate a conference center and casino about a dozen miles from Ironwood. 

Town of Wakefield Supervisor John Cox thinks it could draw a lot of business to the region.

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Teaching Kids About Renewables
7:56 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Get Solar Panels

Hands-on science learning took a big step forward Tuesday at the Three Lakes School District. The school now has solar panels on its roof thanks to the Solarwise for Schools program sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service.

As part of the Solarwise for Schools program, every school receives 10 solar panels that provide 2.8 kilowatts of electricity. That’s roughly the number of solar panels that could power an average home. Here, that renewable energy will be keeping the hall lights on for the junior high. WPS says the solar panels save a school about $350 a year in energy costs.

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A Year-Round Labor of Love
1:16 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Oil In The Blood: Ed Jacobson's Northwoods Petroleum Museum

The Northwoods Petroleum Museum includes rare collections of gas station globes and other items.
Credit Ed Jacobsen / Northwoods Petroleum Museum

The summer tourism season is over, but for one Northwoods museum, that doesn’t change much.  WXPR Contributor Emily Bright reports on one man’s singular passion for gasoline...that led to an unusual museum.  

The gas station. It’s a familiar place, but when you’re filling your tank, how often do you stop and think about where you are when what you’re doing?

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Customers Find Local Food Year Round
1:05 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Farmers' Markets Head Indoors For Winter

Friday was the last day of the summer farmers’ market in Minocqua. But Minocqua and several other communities will be hosting winter farmers markets.

It’s sunny and cold, and customers are loading up on squashes, vegetables, and meats. Typically this would be their last chance to load up on local produce, but this year is different.

“The Woodruff winter market will be started next Friday at the Lakeland Senior Center….It’ll be inside in the multi-purpose room, and I think we’ll have 6, 7, maybe 8 of these vendors will be there all winter long.”

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Land-Use Plan Changes Would Be Needed
1:50 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Forestry Committee Opens Door to Accommodating Off-Road Park

A plan for an off-road park on county land is still on the table in Forest County.

The forestry committee has given the okay to develop amendments to the county’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan…that are needed to allow for park development.

The nonprofit Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated says the 10,000 acre park will be a huge tourist draw, but some say the proposal to have the county buy the land is too big a risk. 

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Area 8th graders shown manufacturing jobs
4:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Heavy Metal Tour Stops At Nicolet College

Heavy Metal Tour at Nicolet College
Credit Nicolet College

Careers in manufacturing were the focus for about 600 Northwoods  8th graders at the 3rd Annual Heavy Metal Tour Wednesday, at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. While the name implies a style of music, it's a twist on the idea of manufacturing as a career.

 Teri Phalin is PK-16 Admissions coordinator at Nicolet and event coordinator. She says the goal is to give younger students an idea where they want to go with a career...

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Surveying Public About Future Needs
4:00 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

UW Extension Wants You to Think Longterm

University of Wisconsin Extension is planning ahead for what resources citizens might need in twenty years.

Extension is surveying residents throughout the state to find out what role people think it should play in the future. 

Greg Hutchins, Associate Vice chancellor for UW Extension, says the system wants to know how to stay relevant in the coming decades…whether that means using more technology to deliver programs, or offering completely new kinds of programs.    

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Responding to Perceived Dissatisfaction
6:12 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Focus Groups to Weigh In on Rhinelander Dining Options

Restaurant owners in Rhinelander are looking for input about what they can do differently.  Oneida County UW Extension is organizing two focus groups Monday night…to talk about dining options in Rhinelander. 

Extension Agent Tim Brown says several recent surveys have revealed a sense of public dissatisfaction with the Rhinelander restaurant scene.  The focus groups hope to identify some of what the public is looking for. 

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Harvest time report
3:34 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Vegetables Make Wisconsin Near Top Producer

Potato rows

A recent report from UW-Whitewater found Wisconsin's potato crop has a $522 million dollar  impact on the state's economy. But an industry spokesperson says that is just the beginning.

Tamas Houlihan is Communications Director for the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association headquartered in Antigo....

"....Wisconsin is the third-leading producer of potatoes in the United States, behind only Idaho and Washington state...."

An other statistic not widely known is Wisconsin is a national leader among other vegetable crops...

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Broadband discussed widely
5:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Charter Ups Download Speeds In Northwoods

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There has been much talk about getting more broadband to Northwoods residents, some of whom are still using old dial-up technology.

Charter Communications has portions of the Northwoods wired for high-speed internet. They recently upgraded their speeds within the areas they serve.

Charter spokesperson Kim Haas says they have doubled their download speeds...

".....we've taken our base, entry-level internet service from 30 meg to 60 meg...."

Charter customers will see faster speeds...

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