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Cold Winter Means Big Payments
3:06 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Hundreds Seek Assistance With Energy Bills

High propane bills are squeezing budgets for lower income households.
Credit Jason Woodhead

Families and individuals struggling to pay high heat bills may be able to get help.  Northwoods state lawmakers stopped in Rhinelander today to spread the word about the nonprofit Keep Wisconsin Warm fund.

That program has expanded its income limits to 80 percent of the state median income…to try and help more working households who may be feeling the pinch. 

Senator Tom Tiffany, and Representatives Rob Swearingin, Jeff Mursau and Mary Czaja each donated a hundred dollars to the fund.  Tiffany noted donations can be routed to aid whichever county you choose.  

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Economy slowly improving
4:24 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Northwoods Home Sales and Prices Lagging

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

 

While portions of Wisconsin are seeing robust growth in home sales and prices, northern Wisconsin lags behind.

Still, an economist says things are improving.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association recent report found statewide, the median price up 7 percent from 2012 and sales up 10 percent from a year earlier. In the north, sales were up 5 percent, but prices were up just under two percent. Many southern and western Wisconsin counties had double-digit growth in both columns.

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More energy needed in cold snap
3:33 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Natural Gas-Electric Supply Adequate But You'll Pay More

Credit en.wikipedia.org

  

While propane users have been nervous about getting enough fuel during the cold snap, natural gas and electric users don't have the same worries. But your bills will likely go up.

Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says the amount of energy used will be higher than average...

 

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Gas prices stable
3:25 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Best Day Of The Week To Buy Gas? You're Probably Wrong

Credit Gasbuddy.com

What day of the week do you think has the highest prices? What day has the lowest?

The website gasbuddy.com took four years of data and guess what part of the week has the lowest prices....

 

".....we tend to find Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday were the best four days over the last four years with the exact day switching from year-to-year...."

 

That's Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. He says Tuesday and Wednesday appear to be the days where prices rise.

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Local Food All Year Round
4:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Winter Farmers' Market Opens in Eagle River

Locally-made cheese is one of the things you'll find at Eagle River's new winter farmers' market.
Credit Emily Bright / WXPR News

Eagle River is on the front end of a trend that’s becoming more popular across Wisconsin: winter farmers markets.  The new effort could make local food available all year round, even in a cold Northwoods climate.

When Al Pittelko, executive director of the Eagle River Revitalization Program, was approached about holding a winter farmers’ market, he hesitated.

“I said how can we when we don’t have any farmers’ stuff," he said, "but they do.”

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Department of Tourism report
4:32 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

1600 Jobs From Tourism In Vilas County

Downtown Eagle River
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The economic impact of tourism in Vilas county and elsewhere was shown in a recent report.

The state reported tourism accounted for more than $10 billion in visitor spending in Wisconsin in 2012, $6 billion of that on dining, retail and recreation. Cindy Burzinski, Executive Director of Vilas County Tourism and Publicity says visitors spent a lot of money in places to stay, eat, and shop...

 

"....in 2012, visitor expenditures were at $195.4 million dollars, and that was a 10 percent increase over 2011...."

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WPS school presentations
5:10 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Students Hearing About Natural Gas Safety

WPS natural gas school safety presenters Eric Berg(l), Tom Gryskiewicz, and Jeff Schaal(r).
Credit WXPR

As people turned up their thermostats during our recent cold snap, a three-member Wisconsin Public Service team has been stopping by Northwoods schools talking about natural gas safety.

 

"....when you smell gas, leave the door open, turn around and get away..."

The 35-minute program uses a variety of visual demonstrations showing the properties of natural gas and how it’s used.

As a class at James Williams Middle School listened intently, Eric Berg said the message is natural gas is safe when used properly....

 

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Recycling Just Got More Efficient
4:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Eagle River's Great Green Machine

Plastic bottles head up a conveyor belt to be crushed into bales.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

State of the art sorting technology has arrived in the Northwoods.  Eagle River Waste and Recycling has opened a new facility that sorts different types recyclables locally, instead of having to be shipped far away to places like Whitewater.  

The green and yellow painted machine looks kind of like a playground for recycling:   instead of kids going down slides, it’s flattened bottles and cans headed up and down on conveyor belts.

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Remediating Vacant Lot
4:22 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Argonne to Clean Up Site of Abandoned School

Argonne School, pictured here about a hundred years ago, closed in 1991.

The town of Argonne is planning to remediate the site of its former elementary school.  And a new grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will cover a quarter of the expected cost. 

Town clerk Don Gordon says the 3-acre site next to the town hall is currently a vacant and overgrown lot. 

“There is extensive cleanup that has to be done – there’s a lot of bricks and trees and what have you, that all have to be leveled, cleaned and taken away.”

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Residents Moving To Friendly Village
3:42 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Taylor Park Rehabilitation In Rhinelander To Close

Taylor Park in Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

One of Rhinelander's long time nursing home facilities will close in 2014.

Taylor Park Rehabilitation Administrator John Ley confirmed in an email that the facility will be closing later this year. He says a comprehensive resident relocation plan has been approved by the state. Both Taylor Park and adjacent Friendly Village Nursing and Rehabilitation are owned by Prestige Health Care.

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