Business & Industry

State Guarantees Payments to Potawatomi
4:39 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Menominee Positive About Gaming Compact Amendment

The Menominee tribe doesn’t think an amendment to the state’s gaming compact will stand up to legal scrutiny. 

The tribe’s Kenosha Gaming Authority Chair Gary Besaw says the latest agreement with the Potawatomi might not meet federal requirements of the Indian gaming regulatory act. 

But he thinks that could ultimately be a good thing for the proposed Kenosha casino. 

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Former Harley-Davidson building
3:18 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Prentice Manufacturer Hoping To Open Facility In Tomahawk

A Prentice based manufacturer is looking to expand it's operations into a vacant building in Tomahawk.

Multitek North America got approval from a Tomahawk city committee this week that would facilitate a plan to have Multitek expand into a former 15,000 square-foot Harley-Davidson plant on Oneida Drive.
Multitek North America President Doug Kamps says the company is growing and needs more space...

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Oneida County Trails Still Closed This Weekend
4:32 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Vilas County Snowmobile Trails Open Friday

Snowmobile riders will have a chance to hit the trails this weekend in Vilas County, though not in Oneida.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Snowmobile trails in Vilas County are set to open Friday afternoon at 4 pm.

Vilas County Recreation Administrator Dale Mayo says conditions are typical for early season, though some areas may be wet or rough.

“Earlier in the season we had the freezing and thawing and hunters in the woods – and the trails are rutted.  We did have plenty of snow, but we still have a few areas where you could encounter some rough spots.  So we’re just encouraging everybody to use caution.” 

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Needed Before Mine Can Be Built
6:28 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Iron County Works On Mining Ordinance

Iron County has released a second draft of its metallic mining ordinance.

It outlines the process a mining company would need to follow for county approval, and includes a host of regulations and protections. 

Zoning Administrator Tom Bergman says the purpose of a local ordinance is to be more specific than state rules can be. For example, he says the draft includes a requirement that a mining company monitor and test nearby private wells.

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Dropping Arbor Vitae Project
10:58 am
Mon December 8, 2014

DOT Considers Scaling Back Hwy 51 Construction Plan

Arbor Vitae may not be seeing changes to a section of Highway 51.

The Department of Transportation may limit a proposed construction project to Woodruff. 

North Central Regional Director Russ Habeck says the project has faced opposition from Arbor Vitae town officials and residents. 

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Trend upward
3:11 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Economist: Property Values Improving In Northwoods


Wisconsin Department of Revenue Chief Economist John Koskinen  says northern Wisconsin property values took a steep hit during the recession, but recent data appears to show a turnaround.

Koskinen was one of the speakers during the Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua last week.

He says a recent trend showed housing starts beginning to return, and a small rebound in property values..

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Boon for Log Haulers
5:55 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Frozen Road Law Takes Effect Saturday, Earlier Than Ever

Frozen roads mean fewer restrictions for log haulers.
Credit Wis. Dept. of Transporation

Colder than normal weather will enable log and forest product haulers to move heavier loads sooner.

Wisconsin's frozen road law takes effect Saturday in the northern part of Wisconsin.  That area includes Highway 8 along with numbered state and federal highways north of US 8.

Department of Transportation Permit Chief Kathleen Nichols says the declaration is happening much earlier than usual. 

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Paying for Outdated Power Plant
3:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Regulators Ask For More Details in Upper Michigan Power Dispute

Upper Peninsula customers won’t see an electric rate increase this week, as federal regulators wait for more information about the region’s electricity use. 

When mining company Cliffs Natural Resources switched to a cheaper source of power, there wasn’t much demand left for WE Energies’ Presque Isle Power Plant near Marquette.  But a regional regulator called MISO said the plant couldn’t shut down it would compromise the reliability of the grid.

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Moving Forward With Grant-Funded Plan
10:02 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Conover Will Keep Bike Trail Plan, Funding

Conover Town Board members listened to concerns at Monday night's town meeting.
Credit Emily Bright

The discussion on whether and where to allow ATVs in Vilas County has drawn passionate crowds to town meetings throughout the fall. Last night was no exception. The debate between ATV and silent sport enthusiasts in Conover appears to have found a peaceable solution at Monday night’s town meeting. 

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A Day For Donations
4:51 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

'Giving Tuesday' Boosts Local Organizations

Nonprofits and charities are hoping to have their day of holiday spending attention on Giving Tuesday. 

Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday…Giving Tuesday hopes to draw a rush of charitable giving, instead of buying. 

Nancy Heykes of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin…says it’s a way to give back to your community. 

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