Business & Industry

Debate Continues Over Tribal Gaming
2:00 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Supporting Kenosha Casino

The Lac du Flambeau tribe continues to support more Indian gaming in Wisconsin.  Lac du Flambeau president Tom Maulson has sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker in support of the Menominee proposal for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha. 

The Menominee plan has gained federal approval but is being held up by opposition from the Forest County Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk Tribes.  Joe Hunt is an off reservation gaming consultant for Lac du Flambeau. 

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Start-Up Mode
4:13 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Tribe Builds Renewable Energy Plant

The new biodigester can process 130,000 gallons of liquid food waste each day.
Credit Forest County Potawatomi

A new waste recycling plant built by the Forest County Potawatomi is up and running.  The Milwaukee facility turns organic material into electricity that’s sold to WE Energies. 

Project Manager Charlie Opferman says the $20-million facility converts food waste into methane gas using tanks full of bacteria.

“We keep these tanks full.  They’ve got bugs in them, and the bugs have food.  We keep them warm with heat that comes off the engines. Keep them basically at body temperature – as long as we can keep the bugs warm and happy they eat.”

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Home for Entrepreneurs
5:07 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

New Incubator Opens For Business(es)

A new business incubator in Vilas County is opening its doors.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new business incubator has opened in Eagle River.  The project space off Highway 70 is focused on helping start-up manufacturing businesses.

The new Business Park is a partnership between Vilas County Economic Development Corporation and the Juday family.  The idea is to provide affordable space and help new businesses share resources. 

Dave Juday says his family has a history of community investment, and he was looking for a way to help the business climate. 

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Forest county
1:16 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Partnership Designed To Give Businesses Access To Money

Jim Schuessler
Credit Forest County Economic Development Partnership

A recent partnership should mean more money for business development in Forest county. That word from Jim Schuessler of Forest County Economic Development Partnership.

Schuessler says the state agency the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is asking groups to regionalize to create larger pools of funds. He says Forest county decided to join the Central Wisconsin Economic Development loan fund. Schuessler says that alignment allows for access to millions of dollars of funds for Forest county...

 

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Rebounding Housing Market
2:34 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Up North, Slower Recovery for Some Home Markets

Home sales are on the upswing in Wisconsin, but the picture is more varied for the north.
Credit Casey Konstantín

Homes prices in some northern counties are not quite keeping pace with the rest of the state.  

The Wisconsin Realtors Association says statewide, median home prices went up almost eight percent in the first three quarters of this year.  But in Forest County, prices dropped almost 40 percent. 

Dave Clark, economist for the Wisconsin Realtors Association, says don’t panic.  Statistics in the northern part of the state tend to be more volatile.  There’s a smaller dataset and a wider mix of the types of homes that sell from year to year.

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Running Out of Space
4:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Eagle River Police Have Loan, Still Need Contractor for Remodel

The Eagle River Police Department is getting a loan to pay for renovations. Police chief Mark Vander Bloomen says the department wants to create more space for evidence storage.  Right now there’s just one small room.

“We identified that we’ve basically used up our evidence storage area.  We’re running out of room.  A lot of that has to do with DNA evidence – we’re having to keep certain kinds of evidence for longer periods of time.”

Vander Bloomen says the building also needs some security upgrades. 

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Answer questions
5:25 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Rhinelander Chamber To Host ACA seminar

Credit carpenterevert.com

 

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.

Director Lara Reed says many questions still exist about how the law will affect businesses and individuals...

 

  

"....a presentation about some of the basics as far as the exchange goes. Specifically more geared toward those that are individually insured. Those (persons) who don't have insurance through work, a spouse, or someone else...."

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Reason uncertain
11:49 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Gas Prices Spike In Northwoods

Gregg Laskoski
Credit gasbuddy.com

Gas prices had dropped to $3.31 per gallon this week, then Wednesday the price rapidly spiked to $3.49 per gallon in Rhinelander and Eagle River, $3.39 in Minocqua, but held at $3.30 in Antigo, according to the website gasbuddy. com

Gasbuddy.com  Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski says wholesale prices are to blame for the spike after a long downward trend...

 

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Forest County Land Acquisition
3:36 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

BCPL Buys 1K Acres From Plum Creek

BCPL says the land purchased from Plum Creek features a lot of hardwoods.
Credit Joshua Mayer

Plum Creek timber company is selling a thousand acres in Forest County to a state agency. BCPL – or Board of Commissioners for Public Lands - is buying the land for one and a quarter million dollars.  

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Golden Harvest To Build New Store
3:24 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

RAFP Eyeing Golden Harvest Store For New Facility

Guy Hansen(right)
Credit rhinelanderareafoodpantry.org

After eight years serving the public on Rhinelander's north side, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is hoping to move into the current Golden Harvest store on Coon Street.

Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says they've been looking for a new place for almost two years. The former Rueckert's grocery story is in need of about $150,000 in repairs and Hansen says another property can be found for about the same money. He says negotiations for the Golden Harvest building are nearing completion...

 

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