Cranberry growers are reporting lower yields than last year but say the quality of fruit has been exceptional.
Michael O’Brien, manager of the 320-acre Lake Nokomis Cranberries in Eagle River, says yields may have been down because of cool temperatures.
“Basically weather, we’re dealing with two short seasons in a row. This summer was quite cool compared to previous years. That affects blossom, and how the bees respond to the blossom. Just less heat units in general, we just had less heat to work with.”
Upper Peninsula electric customers could see a significant rate increase December 1st…if federal regulators don’t intervene. But Michigan utility regulators are looking into a long term plan to upgrade electricity generation in the region.
Public Service Commissions in Wisconsin and Michigan are tied up in a dispute over who should pay to operate the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette.
It’s a coal-fired plant that Wisconsin Electric wants to retire, but Michigan authorities say it’s needed as a back up to ensure a reliable supply of electricity.
Home sales last month were similar to sales last September. The latest numbers from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show a half a percent increase in September sales for northern Wisconsin. Meanwhile sales statewide fell slightly by just two tenths of a percentage point.
Economist Dave Clark says it’s good news that the market is keeping up with last year’s strong sales.
Hands-on science learning took a big step forward Tuesday at the Three Lakes School District. The school now has solar panels on its roof thanks to the Solarwise for Schools program sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service.
As part of the Solarwise for Schools program, every school receives 10 solar panels that provide 2.8 kilowatts of electricity. That’s roughly the number of solar panels that could power an average home. Here, that renewable energy will be keeping the hall lights on for the junior high. WPS says the solar panels save a school about $350 a year in energy costs.
The summer tourism season is over, but for one Northwoods museum, that doesn’t change much. WXPR Contributor Emily Bright reports on one man’s singular passion for gasoline...that led to an unusual museum.
The gas station. It’s a familiar place, but when you’re filling your tank, how often do you stop and think about where you are when what you’re doing?
Friday was the last day of the summer farmers’ market in Minocqua. But Minocqua and several other communities will be hosting winter farmers markets.
It’s sunny and cold, and customers are loading up on squashes, vegetables, and meats. Typically this would be their last chance to load up on local produce, but this year is different.
“The Woodruff winter market will be started next Friday at the Lakeland Senior Center….It’ll be inside in the multi-purpose room, and I think we’ll have 6, 7, maybe 8 of these vendors will be there all winter long.”
Careers in manufacturing were the focus for about 600 Northwoods 8th graders at the 3rd Annual Heavy Metal Tour Wednesday, at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. While the name implies a style of music, it's a twist on the idea of manufacturing as a career.
Teri Phalin is PK-16 Admissions coordinator at Nicolet and event coordinator. She says the goal is to give younger students an idea where they want to go with a career...