Home sales fell last month in most of the state but northern Wisconsin bucked the trend.
According to the Wisconsin Realtors’ Association sales in the north were up in July compared to the year before by almost 12 percent. Meanwhile statewide figures show a drop of about two and a half percent.
Marquette University economist Dave Clark says housing market recovery may have taken longer up north because of the influence of the second home market.
Over 300 people had a chance to see inside Printpack’s new facility in Rhinelander. The packaging company held public tours and a grand opening event Monday.
Printpack prints cellophane wrappers for things like candy and granola bars. And its new 200-thousand square foot location in Rhinelander will be churning out more than twice as many wrappers as before.
Plant manager Pat Marquart says the biggest challenge in relocating has been training employees on high-tech equipment that’s brand new to them.
Voters in Forest county might see a referendum this fall whether to allow the county to work on the development of a large offroad park. The county Forestry committee Tuesday passed a resolution unanimously. Forest Administator David Ziolkowski says the committee discussed land acquisition and DNR requirements, then decided to ask the full county board for a public vote.
A study shows most patrons of Lac du Flambeau’s casino don’t smoke, and would visit more often if the casino was nonsmoking. Lake of the Torches Casino partnered with the Great Lakes Intertribal Council to survey almost a thousand gamblers.
Great Lakes Intertribal Council Epidemiologist Isaiah Brokenleg says it’s the first time a casino has cooperated with a public health entity to do a study on smoking preferences. He explains that partnership gave researchers access to the patron database.
The Rhinelander Food Pantry got a step closer to a new home Monday, as the Golden Harvest grocery store opened its new location. But there’s still a few months of work ahead before the food pantry can open its new doors.
The old Golden Harvest grocery building on Coon Street sits nearly empty, as the store finishes a move to a new building more than twice as large. Golden Harvest owner Timothy Conjurske says until now the store was bursting at the seams.
Integrys Energy Group, the holding company which owns Wisconsin Public Service, has decided to sell about 200 acres of its Awassa Lodge property along Lake Content in St. Germain. The land is divided into 23 primarily lakefront lots. Integrys also owns 235 acres not adjacent to the lake. They are negotiating with a single buyer for that land. An auction will be conducted on September 18 at the St. Germain Community Center.
Kerry Spees from Wisconsin Public Service says the land no longer was part of their mission...