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.
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.”
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...
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.
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.
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...."
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...
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...