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Business & Industry
10:36 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Worker Falls to His Death in Mosinee

A contractor from Merrill fell about 25-feet to his death while installing insulation at a paper mill in Mosinee.  It happened yesterday morning at Expera Specialty Solutions, a former Wausau Paper facility.  Authorities said a 55-year-old man was working alone on a lift for about two hours, when he fell from a hydraulic bucket outside the building.  He was employed by Taylor Insulation of Merrill.  An Expera spokeswoman said the worker had completed mandatory training which includes measures to guard against falling.  The man's name was not immediately released.

Snowy Hurdle
1:29 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Still Unfrozen, Snow-Covered Roads Prove Challenging

Snow is insulated roads and trails that haven't frozen solid.
Credit Sylvia Duckworth

Snow is already piled high in the Northwoods, and it’s providing insulation for ground that hasn’t frozen over yet.  That's a problem for the logging industry and some recreational trails.

A thick blanket of snow will likely prevent the ground underneath from freezing solid, or at least slow down the process. 

Henry Schienebeck of Great Lakes Timber Professionals says with soft and wet ground conditions, loggers are having to clear or pack down the snow before bringing in trucks and equipment. 

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More Routes Possible In Vilas County
7:12 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Eagle River Will Accept ATV Route Proposals

ATV routes are being proposed for downtown Eagle River.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The debate over where All Terrain Vehicles, or ATVs, will be allowed to ride in Vilas County has sparked debates across the townships. Eagle River joined in the discussion last night. The city council will be accepting proposals for ATV routes downtown.

Last night’s city council meeting saw a lively discussion about whether and where to allow ATVs in Eagle River. Said city councilman Jerry Burkett,

ATVs are here. That doesn’t mean we can’t establish a corridor that works for everybody if we decide to do that.

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Lowest prices since 2010
3:15 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Gas Prices Keep Falling But End Of Drop In Sight

Credit flicker

Gas prices keep falling, but don't expect them to keep falling indefinitely.
That's the word from Triple "A" of Wisconsin's Nick Jarmusz..

".....we track gas prices everyday and the Wisconsin state average has fallen below three dollars a gallon for the first time since Dec. 21 of 2010. These are some....unusually low gas prices...."

So why are the prices dropping so fast?

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New terminal opens in Hixton
4:01 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

More Propane Likely To Be Available This Winter

Propane tank

A new propane terminal has opened in Hixton in west central Wisconsin and a state spokesperson says that new facility will help get more propane to customers this winter. Stephanie Marquis from the Division of Energy Services...

"....and with the new propane terminal that is opening today in Hixton that is going to be a very strong asset because they can load 360,000 gallons of propane and they can load six trucks per hour...."

Propane prices hit $6.00 per gallon during the shortage last winter, but Marquis says the price today is....

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ATV Use Would Compromise Silent Sports Funding
6:37 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Conover Delays Action on Bike Trail Project

A push for ATV access in Vilas County is prompting the town of Conover to reconsider construction of a bike trail.
Credit Robert Thigpen

Conover hasn’t yet decided whether to change course on its plan for a federally-funded bike and snowmobile trial.

The Conover Town Center was packed and tempers flared last night during a special town board meeting called to discuss allowing ATVs on part of the trail route.

An ATV trail in Conover would connect trails between Eagle River and Phelps. But silent sport enthusiasts were concerned that motorizing the trail would be a danger to bikers, pedestrians, and equestrians alike.

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Creative Learning Opportunity
4:41 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Students Pitch Products, Sales Ideas at 'Mini Business World'

High schoolers got some hands-on experience pitching businesses and products this week.  An event called Mini Business World lets kids put to work the concepts they’ve learned in class. 

Donning their finest professional attire, students from Three Lakes and Rhinelander High Schools spent the day creating sales pitches for catchy products they invented: like an edible vaccine called Vaxilicious, the “candy that cures”.  Rhinelander Senior Dominic Littleton says his group came up with the idea of a protein bar for athletes they call Panther Energy. 

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Moving Ahead With Master Plan
4:38 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

NRB Delays Decision on Woodboro Lakes ATV Trail

ATV use could be part of the master plan that DNR staffers will be working on for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The public will have a few more chances to give input before ATVs are allowed on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area near Rhinelander. 

The state Natural Resources Board has postponed a decision on ATV access for a specific trail, opting instead to first develop a master plan for the property.

DNR property planner Tom Watkins says that will allow managers to take a broader look at how the property should be used long term.

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Federal funding at stake
5:07 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Conover May Question Its Bike Path Plan

A path for walking, biking and snowmobiling could fall by the wayside if the Conover Town Board decides to back out on its grant-funded plan.
Credit Belal Khan

The town of Conover may reconsider its plans to build the first leg of a bike trail connecting Conover with Phelps. The move comes alongside Vilas County’s push to explore more ATV route options. 

Conover town board members are scheduled to discuss Wednesday whether to back out of an 850-thousand dollar bike path and snowmobile route. 

Funding has already been lined up from the Department of Transportation and local snowmobile clubs. 

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Concern over Northwoods service
3:55 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Rail Group Finding New Business To Keep Service Here

Credit Northwoods Rail Transit Commission

A group hoping to preserve or even expand freight rail service has been gathering information  to present to the last rail line in the region that there is business here that needs freight service.

The Northwoods Rail Transit Commission has 19 counties from northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Canadian National is the rail line the group is working with to keep the freight lines going in this region.

Wendy Gelhoff from Florence county is the Northwoods Rail chairperson. She says they've been working to show Canadian National the numbers...

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