Business & Industry

Vacation Home Market Slower to Recover
6:47 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Strong Northern Home Sales in July Bely State Trend

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. 

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Keeping and Creating Jobs
3:56 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Rhinelander Community Glimpses Printpack Interior at Grand Opening

A crowd gathered for Printpack's grand opening of its new location on Highway 17.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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. 

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Diggers Hotline
4:29 am
Mon August 11, 2014

8-11 A Good Date To Think About 8-1-1

Finding the line

Wisconsin Public Service officials are using today's date to remind property owners to check out where utility lines are located before digging.

Numerically, today's date is 8 -11 on the calendar, and WPS is using the date to remind people about Digger's Hotline. The hotline provides a way to find out if utility lines cross your property.

Todd Steffen from Wisconsin Public Service says Diggers Hotline should be the first thing you do before starting the project...

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Sixth year of program
4:46 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

New Class For Leadership OC Being Recruited

Oneida County Courthouse, Rhinelander

A program designed to help build the next generation of leaders is seeking 20 people to join.
Leadership Oneida County is accepting applications for the next  session.

One of ths sponsoring agencies is the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. Director Dana DeMet describes the program....

".....Leadership Oneida County is a nine-month program that cultivates and prepares  upcoming leaders in our area even more involved citizens in our local communities....."

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Could Head to a Vote
4:27 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Forest County Committee Wants Referendum On Off-Road Park

A group wants to build a large park for ATVs and other off-road vehicles in Forest County, but the prospect has proved controversial.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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. 

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Surprising Trends Among Casino-Goers
12:53 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Survey Finds Casino Patrons Would Prefer Smoke-Free Environment

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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. 

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Scorecard of 33 Votes
4:20 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Northwoods Legislators Earn Awards From Commerce Group

Representative Rob Swearingin was presented with an award by Jason Culotta of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

State Representative Rob Swearingin accepted an award in Rhinelander Tuesday. 

The pro-business group Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, or WMC…gives out the Working for Wisconsin award…to legislators that vote with what the group calls the pro-jobs position. 

Jason Culotta, Director of Tax and Transportation Policy, explains that WMC looked at votes on 33 pieces of legislation.

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Renovations Still Needed
2:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Golden Harvest Moves, Rhinelander Food Pantry Prepares For New Building

The former Golden Harvest building will soon house the Rhinelander Food Pantry.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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.

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Summer Months Good for Sales
6:21 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Home Sales Rise For First Time in 2014

Home sales were up last month for the first time this year.  According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association, over 4 percent more homes sold in Wisconsin in June than in that month last year.

In the northern part of the state, that increase is a little higher – with sales up more than five percent. 

Housing sales for the year to date are still behind compared to 2013, thanks to five consecutive months of lower sales.

Economist Dave Clark says it’s a good time to see a turnaround. 

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Former retreat
2:59 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Integrys To Auction/Sell Lake Content Property

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...

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