Wisconsin Public Service is flaring natural gas in Three Lakes this week to prepare for some pipeline maintenance.
WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says some parts of the pipeline are being refitted to allow for easier maintenance, and the natural gas needs to be cleared out first.
“Basically what we’re doing is we’ve taken the pressure down as low as we possibly can in that section of the pipeline, the remaining gas is purged out of that pipeline, and burned at the one valve in the Three Lakes area.”
The number of passengers flying out of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is showing a sharp increase from one year ago.
Airport Director Joe Brauer says people are coming back after a low point during the Great Recession....
"....our passenger enplanements are up for the year. Our first six months was up 20 percent over the previous year. Kind of attribute that to stabilizing service here with Delta Airlines into its second year of service at our airport....."
Many of the 'FESTERS' are already in the Rhinelander area as the 37th Hodag County Festival begins Thursday. A local official says the economic impact is large. Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Executive Dana DeMet says they have seen much increased traffic at the chamber. He says estimates are that the city's population quadruples in size for the week of the festival....
Bicyclists in the Northwoods have an opportunity to show their preferred recreation has an economic impact.
Vilas Bike Bands offer green, silicon wristbands to participants purchased from participating businesses in Vilas county.
Great Headwaters Trails spokesperson Jeff Currie says in February they talked with area businesses in the process of applying for state grant to fund trail construction. From those meetings the idea for the wristband took hold...
There's one month to go for area emergency responders to get grant money from Wisconsin Public Service. Wisconsin Public Service's Foundation is celebrating 50 years with a special effort...says spokesperson Leah Van Zile...
"....August 1st is the deadline for emergency responders to apply for our new safety grant. We'll be awarding 25 grants(in the service area) of $2,000 to area responders in the public service area...."
The total grant amount totals $50,000 for the WPS service area...
A University of Wisconsin and Extension study says the economic impact of second homes in Wisconsin is large and is often forgotten as an economic driver. While the study had a component in southern Wisconsin, it also had key results from the Northwoods.
Professor Russ Kashian at UW-Whitewater and Professor Andy Lewis from UW-Extension looked at the impacts of connecting second homes with high speed internet. The lack of such connectivity has been cited as a potential loss of revenue in some parts of the Northwoods.
The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center has a new Executive Director who is a familiar name to area residents.
The Board of Directors has named Kim Emerson as the new director. Emerson joined the Chamber 13 years ago as Events Coordinator.
Emerson says the community is very important to her...
"...this is a wonderful community to work with...the businesses in the area, the visitors to the area. Just being who we are is an important part of what we've done in the past and I look forward to doing in the future...."
Kwik Trip is in the process of opening a location on Rhinelander's east side and apparently they are eyeing a large location on the city's west side.
Oneida County Corporation Counsel Brian Desmond says the county has been approached by Kwik Trip to buy the land along Kemp Street-Highway 8 west now used by the county highway department. He says they've been talking to Kwik Trip for about a year....
For the fifth month in a row Wisconsin’s housing market is looking sluggish compared to last year.
Numbers from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show statewide sales fell almost seven percent in May, compared to 2013. In the Northern part of the state sales dropped by less than four percent, though the region has seen slower sales for 2014 as a whole.
Marquette University Economist David Clark says the May numbers reveal that the weather hasn’t been the only factor dampening home sales this year.