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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 gasbuddy.com
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..
"....so 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...."
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...."