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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
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...