Business & Industry

Expert: Too good to be true? It is
5:10 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Means Cyber Crooks Out In Force


Marketers found as the Internet grew in popularity that the first Monday after what had been coined as 'Black Friday', there was a large increase in sales. The day was termed "Cyber Monday".

A consumer advocate for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Affairs, Sandy Chalmers, says this is prime time for cyber crooks. She says they tend to be very aggressive and creative this time of the year because they know consumers are in a buying mood.....

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Income dropping since 1970's
4:39 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Farmer's Take Of Holiday Food Continues To Drop


While Americans enjoy feasting on the bounty from  farmers in this country and other nations, an agri-business lobby spokesperson says American farmers aren't reaping big financial rewards.
Amy Eckelberg from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau says a decades long decline in farmer's income continues...

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Ambitious goal
4:56 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Vilas Salvation Army Sets Ambitious Goal


An ambitious goal has been set for the Salvation Army bell ringers in Vilas county this holiday season.
Committee co-chair Christine Caz says  a successful year last year led to a higher goal...

"...we have a very ambitious goal. Last year it was $44,000 and we did meet that goal. This we thought, 'why not?' and shoot for the sky and stretch goals, so we set ($50,000). ...86 cents of every dollar that someone gives stay right here in Vilas county...."

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State consumer advocate
4:48 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Read Coupons Fine Print During Black Friday Shopping


Too good to be true? That's the question shoppers should ask says a consumer expert if what you see in an advertisement or coupon doesn't match what a store is offering on Black Friday.

The day after Thanksgiving has evolved into a type of shopping Mardi Gras which leads  D.A.T.C.A.P.'S Sandy Chalmers to tell consumers to bring an ad or coupon with them to the store. She says that way if something doesn't match up you have proof to talk to the cashier or store manager...

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Annual Farm Bureau survey
4:35 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Costs A Little More But Less Than Drive-thru?


When you finish your Thanksgiving meal you might ask, 'why did I eat so much?', but a state Farm Bureau spokesperson says the cost shouldn't give you additional pain.

Amy Eckelberg says they survey 12 items usually thought of on a traditional Thanksgiving table.  A 16 pound  turkey costs about a dollar more than last year. Pumpkin pie mix is up about 35 cents, and sweet potatoes are up 50 cents, but rolls are down 25 cents and a relish tray costs about as much as last year, among other items.

Eckelberg says dairy costs rose the sharpest...

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Helping to Stabilize Market
4:10 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

USDA Cranberry Purchase Good News For Growers

Last year saw a record crop fro Wisconsin's cranberry growers.
Credit James Lake Cranberry Marsh

Cranberry growers are pleased with the news that the USDA will start purchasing millions of pounds of surplus cranberries. 

High yields have driven prices down to as low as 10 to 19 cents a pound for processed fruit.

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Director Tom Lochner says at that price growers can’t break even.

 “It’s been declining.  We’ve seen the downward pressure on grower returns for three or four years now.  So hopefully we’ve reached the bottom and we’ll start to see signs that things are improving.”

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Bike and ATVs Could Both Use Corridor
5:27 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

DOT: Conover's Bike Trail Can't Allow ATVs, But Could Share Space With Second Trail

The town of Conover has about three weeks to decide whether to accept federal funding to build a bike trail.

After Vilas County officials asked the town to allow ATVs on a short stretch of the silent sports and snowmobile trail, state officials have clarified that it’s too late for changes to the project proposal. 

But DOT North Central Engineering Chief Brian Gaber says ATV groups could apply to build their own trail on the railroad grade, which is about a hundred feet wide.

He says ATV use would need to be separated from the silent sports portion. 

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Deadline Friday
2:49 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Business Owners Invited To Talk About Red Tape


Northwoods business leaders are invited to a meeting in Rhinelander to talk about cutting through  government red tape.

The Governor's Northern Summit is set for Minocqua on December 4 and 5. All the cabinet secretaries and staff, along with Governor Walker will be on hand to talk about what they are working on to spur economic development.

Two days prior to that event, a meeting is set at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Dana DeMet...

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F&S pet care leader
10:47 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Petco To Acquire Drs. Foster and Smith In Rhinelander

An established northern Wisconsin mail order pet supply business is being sold to a leading pet supplies retailer.

Petco announced they are acquiring Rhinelander based Doctors Foster and Smith. Petco will acquire both Drs. Foster & Smith's prescription services as well as its branded products.

The mail order supplier was founded in 1983 by veterinary doctors Rory and Race Foster, and Marty Smith has become the largest catalog and online pet supply marketer in America.

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October Surge
4:31 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Northern Home Sales Outpace Rest of State And Surpass 2013

Strong sales in October have put northern Wisconsin’s housing market ahead of where it was last year. 

Though sales had been lagging behind 2013 numbers, a burst of activity in October helped put the northern region about two percent over where it was at this time last year. 

Economist Dave Clark says more available housing stock is also helping other rural parts of the state do well. 

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