Business & Industry

Wisconsin Produces Millions of Barrels
10:28 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Cranberry Harvest Down But Still Strong

Cranberry harvest near Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.
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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.”

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The largest program of its kind in the U.S.
9:36 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Federal Grant to Fund Vocational Program for Native Americans

A federal grant will allow the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council to keep funding a disability jobs program for Native Americans.  The grant provides $1.3 million dollars a year for five years. 

Program Director Pat Lerch says the Vocational Rehabilitation for Native Americans program aims to help those with disabilities overcome obstacles and find work.

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Waiting for Federal Action
2:08 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Two States Battle Over Who Should Pay for U.P. Power Plant

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. 

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Keeping Pace With Strong Sales in 2013
2:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Northern Home Sales Steady in September

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. 

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Looking for Tourism Dollars
10:48 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Casino Could Arrive In Upper Peninsula

An Upper Michigan ski resort is hoping add a hotel and casino to increase business.

Indianhead Mountain Ski Resort wants to work with the Lac Vieux Desert tribe to operate a conference center and casino about a dozen miles from Ironwood. 

Town of Wakefield Supervisor John Cox thinks it could draw a lot of business to the region.

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Teaching Kids About Renewables
7:56 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Get Solar Panels

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.

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A Year-Round Labor of Love
1:16 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Oil In The Blood: Ed Jacobson's Northwoods Petroleum Museum

The Northwoods Petroleum Museum includes rare collections of gas station globes and other items.
Credit Ed Jacobsen / Northwoods Petroleum Museum

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?

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Customers Find Local Food Year Round
1:05 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Farmers' Markets Head Indoors For Winter

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.”

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Land-Use Plan Changes Would Be Needed
1:50 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Forestry Committee Opens Door to Accommodating Off-Road Park

A plan for an off-road park on county land is still on the table in Forest County.

The forestry committee has given the okay to develop amendments to the county’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan…that are needed to allow for park development.

The nonprofit Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated says the 10,000 acre park will be a huge tourist draw, but some say the proposal to have the county buy the land is too big a risk. 

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Area 8th graders shown manufacturing jobs
4:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Heavy Metal Tour Stops At Nicolet College

Heavy Metal Tour at Nicolet College
Credit Nicolet College

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...

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