Business & Industry

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

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

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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

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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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