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High Speed Access for More Areas
4:42 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Oneida County Committee Optimistic About Broadband Funding

The Oneida County Technology Committee is seeking funding from federal and state sources…to help fuel broadband development. 

Chair Don Sidlowski says the committee is filing preliminary paperwork Friday for a grant program through the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission. 

“It turns out that all of Oneida County, with the exception of Rhinelander, qualifies and so there’s a lot of places we can look in Oneida County for the federal dollars.”

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AARP
3:53 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Still Time For Seniors To Get Free Tax Help

Credit AARP

The American Association of Retired Persons is again helping seniors with tax preparations. Nancy Brissee from Rhinelander coordinates A.A.R.P. Tax Aide Program at  the Oneida Senior Center in Rhinelander...  

"....we're a  TCE program, tax counseling for the elderly. It's main target is people over age 60 with low to moderate incomes. We prepare tax returns free of charge for those clients...."

 Brissee says clients should bring a few items with them when they come in for an appointment...  

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Vilas, Oneida counties in top 5
4:25 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Steep Increase In Numbers Of Snowmobiles In Northwoods

Snowmobiling is becoming increasingly popular in the Northwoods.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin's publicly registered snowmobile total is approaching a quarter-million and Northwoods registrations have increased by 163 percent since 2002.

The state last week released data on the number of registrations in Wisconsin. Oneida and Vilas are among the top five counties registering snowmobiles.

The DNR's Cathy Burrow says this region has seen a large growth in snowmobile registrations...

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Announced Last Week
4:33 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

New Chamber Director Takes the Reins

Dana DeMet had his first day on the job as Executive Director of the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The new Executive Director for the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce had his first day on the job Monday.  Rhinelander native Dana DeMet says he’s busy getting up to speed on upcoming events like the Hodag Home Show. 

He says one of his goals as chamber director is to help make membership a measurable benefit. 

“I’m really looking forward to expanding on not only just the events that we have, but putting together some measurable results or goals.  I really want to foster the true value for the chamber’s members.” 

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More funding needed
12:28 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Northwoods Broadband Effort Moving Forward

A slow but steady move forward is how a spokesperson for the Lac du Flambeau tribe describes the effort to provide a regional high-speed internet service.

The tribe, Vilas County Economic Development and the town of Minocqua and others are partners in the effort.

Tribal Education Director Joni Theobald says a key step was a completed feasibility study...

 

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Named late Friday
6:45 am
Sat March 1, 2014

New Director At Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce

Late Friday Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce officials named a Harshaw resident as its new Executive Director.

Dana DeMet, comes to the chamber after he served two years as administrator and later business manager at Palantir.net, a Chicago-based web development firm.

DeMet succeeds Lara Reed who left the chamber to work for Ministry Health Care.

Promoting School and Community
1:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Will Build Sign to Get the Word Out

Three Lakes will soon be home to a new digital message board.  The Three Lakes School District and the Chamber of Commerce are putting up a fourteen-foot sign that will feature community events and announcements. 

School District Administrator George Karling says one of its goals is to get more exposure for Three Lakes Schools.

“We’ve had people move into the outer fringes, and they’ve told us later, we weren’t aware there was a school here.  We thought you went to school in one of the neighboring communities.”

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Scattered in the region
1:36 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

WPS Repairing Power Outages Post Major Storm

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Crews were restoring power across parts of the Northwoods Friday after a powerful winter storm cut power to utility customers.

Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says scattered power outages happened as soon as the storm hit Thursday evening...

 

"....we did have outages reported all the way from the Wausau area to up north...Antigo, Minocqua, Crandon, Rhinelander and areas in between. We have seen scattered outages throughout the night. Fortunately it was nothing major. Our crews have been able to quickly respond...."

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Business Owners Welcome
5:31 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Hosts Economic Development Summit

An economic development summit in Lac du Flambeau begins Tuesday. 

The tribe’s spokesperson Brandon Thoms says it’s a way for businesses and leaders to share knowledge and build partnerships.                    

“Living here in the Northwoods sometimes we’re behind the times.  And so we’re trying to bring that up-to-speed, real-time information to our business community here in the Northwoods.” 

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Slowest Month of the Year
5:27 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

January Sales Slow, But Prices Rise for Northern Homes

A cold winter may be putting a damper on home sales in Wisconsin.  In the northern part of the state January sales were down about four percent, compared to the previous January…according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association.  Statewide sales were down almost seven percent.

But Economist David Clark says the cold weather could result in a spring rebound.

“The flip side may be that if colder than normal weather is causing some people to sit on the sidelines in December, January and February, it may simply shift them into March, April and May.” 

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