Business & Industry

Surveying Public About Future Needs
4:00 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

UW Extension Wants You to Think Longterm

University of Wisconsin Extension is planning ahead for what resources citizens might need in twenty years.

Extension is surveying residents throughout the state to find out what role people think it should play in the future. 

Greg Hutchins, Associate Vice chancellor for UW Extension, says the system wants to know how to stay relevant in the coming decades…whether that means using more technology to deliver programs, or offering completely new kinds of programs.    

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Responding to Perceived Dissatisfaction
6:12 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Focus Groups to Weigh In on Rhinelander Dining Options

Restaurant owners in Rhinelander are looking for input about what they can do differently.  Oneida County UW Extension is organizing two focus groups Monday night…to talk about dining options in Rhinelander. 

Extension Agent Tim Brown says several recent surveys have revealed a sense of public dissatisfaction with the Rhinelander restaurant scene.  The focus groups hope to identify some of what the public is looking for. 

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Harvest time report
3:34 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Vegetables Make Wisconsin Near Top Producer

Potato rows

A recent report from UW-Whitewater found Wisconsin's potato crop has a $522 million dollar  impact on the state's economy. But an industry spokesperson says that is just the beginning.

Tamas Houlihan is Communications Director for the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association headquartered in Antigo....

"....Wisconsin is the third-leading producer of potatoes in the United States, behind only Idaho and Washington state...."

An other statistic not widely known is Wisconsin is a national leader among other vegetable crops...

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Broadband discussed widely
5:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Charter Ups Download Speeds In Northwoods

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There has been much talk about getting more broadband to Northwoods residents, some of whom are still using old dial-up technology.

Charter Communications has portions of the Northwoods wired for high-speed internet. They recently upgraded their speeds within the areas they serve.

Charter spokesperson Kim Haas says they have doubled their download speeds...

".....we've taken our base, entry-level internet service from 30 meg to 60 meg...."

Charter customers will see faster speeds...

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Increasing thefts highlighted
4:41 am
Tue September 30, 2014

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month


There has been much news recently of identity thefts and other forms of cyber security breaches in the U.S.     October is Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Tod Pritchard from Wisconsin Emergency Management says the scope of the online breaches in alarming. He says simple things like not opening up unfamilar emails, or being wary even if it has a name of someone you know....

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Lowest levels in years
4:13 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Northwoods Unemployment Falls In Late Summer

Even in some of the hardest-hit Northwoods counties, unemployment eased considerably in late summer.
The state released local unemployment figures last week. In the Northwoods, Iron county's rate fell below 10 percent for the first time in many months at 9.7 percent, still second-highest in the state.

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Fourth incubator coming in Phelps
2:23 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Lienenkugel Outlines Business Incubator Success


Vilas county began its first business incubator just two years ago and they're working on their fourth one  in Phelps.
The Board of Supervisors heard from Dick Lienenkugel from Vilas County Economic Development Corporation about the latest developments. The report focused on the four businesses incubators that have arisen and some of the success stories the incubators have produced. Lienenkugel has a residence in Vilas county and is a former state Commerce Secretary.

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Recovering Market
12:03 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Northern Home Sales Beat State Average For Second Straight Month

Northern Wisconsin home sales continue to do better than the state average, for the second month in a row.

Home sales fell statewide in August by nearly six percent, compared to the previous August.  But in northern Wisconsin saw an uptick in sales of almost 2 percent, according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

The northern market also went against the grain in terms of prices.  While they rose 3.3 percent statewide, median prices in the northern region fell 2 and a half percent last month compared to August of the previous year.

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Technology Could Prepare Students for Workforce
8:38 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Fab Lab Debuts in Three Lakes

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Three Lakes School is now home to a Fab Lab.  It’s an educational workshop developed by MIT…that brings high-tech manufacturing and design techniques into the classroom. It’s an initiative that many hope will spur the future of manufacturing in the Northwoods. 

Standing next to a whirring laser cutter, science teacher Al Votis gives a tour of the machines and equipment that make up the Three Lakes School District’s brand new Fab Lab. 

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Should continue to fall
3:35 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Gas Prices Dropping And You Can Thank Winter


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

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