Business & Industry

Increasing thefts highlighted
4:41 am
Tue September 30, 2014

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month


There has been much news recently of identity thefts and other forms of cyber security breaches in the U.S.     October is Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Tod Pritchard from Wisconsin Emergency Management says the scope of the online breaches in alarming. He says simple things like not opening up unfamilar emails, or being wary even if it has a name of someone you know....

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Lowest levels in years
4:13 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Northwoods Unemployment Falls In Late Summer

Even in some of the hardest-hit Northwoods counties, unemployment eased considerably in late summer.
The state released local unemployment figures last week. In the Northwoods, Iron county's rate fell below 10 percent for the first time in many months at 9.7 percent, still second-highest in the state.

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Fourth incubator coming in Phelps
2:23 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Lienenkugel Outlines Business Incubator Success


Vilas county began its first business incubator just two years ago and they're working on their fourth one  in Phelps.
The Board of Supervisors heard from Dick Lienenkugel from Vilas County Economic Development Corporation about the latest developments. The report focused on the four businesses incubators that have arisen and some of the success stories the incubators have produced. Lienenkugel has a residence in Vilas county and is a former state Commerce Secretary.

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Recovering Market
12:03 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Northern Home Sales Beat State Average For Second Straight Month

Northern Wisconsin home sales continue to do better than the state average, for the second month in a row.

Home sales fell statewide in August by nearly six percent, compared to the previous August.  But in northern Wisconsin saw an uptick in sales of almost 2 percent, according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

The northern market also went against the grain in terms of prices.  While they rose 3.3 percent statewide, median prices in the northern region fell 2 and a half percent last month compared to August of the previous year.

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Technology Could Prepare Students for Workforce
8:38 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Fab Lab Debuts in Three Lakes

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Three Lakes School is now home to a Fab Lab.  It’s an educational workshop developed by MIT…that brings high-tech manufacturing and design techniques into the classroom. It’s an initiative that many hope will spur the future of manufacturing in the Northwoods. 

Standing next to a whirring laser cutter, science teacher Al Votis gives a tour of the machines and equipment that make up the Three Lakes School District’s brand new Fab Lab. 

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Should continue to fall
3:35 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Gas Prices Dropping And You Can Thank Winter


You've probably noticed gas prices slipping a bit since Labor Day. In the Northwoods, you assume it's tourist related, but the reality is it's a change being done at the oil refineries...

"....the summer requirement for summer-blend gasoline expired on September 15. That means refineries can put back into the market the lower cost gas, which is the winter blend gasoline. It costs less because it takes less time to produce it and it has fewer additives...."

That's Greg Laskoski, a Senior  Petroleum Analyst for the website

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Business & Industry
3:48 am
Tue September 16, 2014

WPS Offering Educators Grants For Science, Tech, Math

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Grants up to $1,000 are being offered by the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation  for the Innovative Educator Program. The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Wisconsin Public Service.

The grant is an opportunity for middle, junior high or high school educators to get money for new projects in specific areas says Todd Steffen from WPS...

"...we're trying to focus student achievements in the area of science, technology, engineering or math. Those are the areas that we are trying to further education in those areas..."

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Medicaid funding key
2:13 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Report Says Small Businesses Pay Higher Health Rates


A report shows the lack of extra federal funding in Medicaid and other factors have lead to what one progressive-leaning group says are higher health coverage costs  for Wisconsin small businesses compared to Minnesota.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Executive Director Robert Kraig gives Rhinelander as an example..

" in Rhinelander it is literally 28% higher than it is in Minneapolis...we think that has a lot to do with how both states are approaching the Affordable Care Act...."

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After last week's storms
11:04 am
Thu September 11, 2014

High Winds Cause More Northwoods Power Outages

WPS crew recently repairing a line at WXPR
Credit WXPR

As if the massive storm on September 4 wasn't enough, the Northwoods was hit again Wednesday evening as a change in weather brought stiff winds from the north and another round of power outages.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says as the winds picked up they started getting calls....

"....mainly with tree branches coming across power lines. And with the heavy saturation of the rain (recently) we saw trees coming uprooted and going across power lines...."

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Through the end of the year
1:47 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

United Way Begins Annual Campaign With High Goals

Credit United Way logo from

43 United Ways in Wisconsin are beginning their fall fundraising push, and the Northwoods United Way has set an ambitious goal.

Executive Director Nancy Sattler says the money raised in the Northwoods stays here to help local people...

"....we focus on things like education, income and health. As we always say, 'we always win collectively when one person succeeds in school, or when a family is financially stable and when people are in good health...."

Sattler says they have set an ambitious goal...

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