You've probably noticed gas prices slipping a bit since Labor Day. In the Northwoods, you assume it's tourist related, but the reality is it's a change being done at the oil refineries...
"....the summer requirement for summer-blend gasoline expired on September 15. That means refineries can put back into the market the lower cost gas, which is the winter blend gasoline. It costs less because it takes less time to produce it and it has fewer additives...."
That's Greg Laskoski, a Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website gasbuddy.com
A report shows the lack of extra federal funding in Medicaid and other factors have lead to what one progressive-leaning group says are higher health coverage costs for Wisconsin small businesses compared to Minnesota.
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Executive Director Robert Kraig gives Rhinelander as an example..
"....so in Rhinelander it is literally 28% higher than it is in Minneapolis...we think that has a lot to do with how both states are approaching the Affordable Care Act...."
43 United Ways in Wisconsin are beginning their fall fundraising push, and the Northwoods United Way has set an ambitious goal.
Executive Director Nancy Sattler says the money raised in the Northwoods stays here to help local people...
"....we focus on things like education, income and health. As we always say, 'we always win collectively when one person succeeds in school, or when a family is financially stable and when people are in good health...."
A program to develop the next generation of leaders in Vilas county is looking for candidates. Since it's inception in 2003, Vilas Vision has graduated more than 100 candidates. It is a cooperative arrangement between Vilas County UW-Extension and the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
UW-Extension agent Chris Stark says the program hopes to help people build a better future for themselves and the community...