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Business & Industry
3:48 am
Tue September 16, 2014

WPS Offering Educators Grants For Science, Tech, Math

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Grants up to $1,000 are being offered by the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation  for the Innovative Educator Program. The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Wisconsin Public Service.

The grant is an opportunity for middle, junior high or high school educators to get money for new projects in specific areas says Todd Steffen from WPS...

"...we're trying to focus student achievements in the area of science, technology, engineering or math. Those are the areas that we are trying to further education in those areas..."

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Medicaid funding key
2:13 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Report Says Small Businesses Pay Higher Health Rates


A report shows the lack of extra federal funding in Medicaid and other factors have lead to what one progressive-leaning group says are higher health coverage costs  for Wisconsin small businesses compared to Minnesota.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Executive Director Robert Kraig gives Rhinelander as an example..

" in Rhinelander it is literally 28% higher than it is in Minneapolis...we think that has a lot to do with how both states are approaching the Affordable Care Act...."

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After last week's storms
11:04 am
Thu September 11, 2014

High Winds Cause More Northwoods Power Outages

WPS crew recently repairing a line at WXPR
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As if the massive storm on September 4 wasn't enough, the Northwoods was hit again Wednesday evening as a change in weather brought stiff winds from the north and another round of power outages.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says as the winds picked up they started getting calls....

"....mainly with tree branches coming across power lines. And with the heavy saturation of the rain (recently) we saw trees coming uprooted and going across power lines...."

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Through the end of the year
1:47 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

United Way Begins Annual Campaign With High Goals

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43 United Ways in Wisconsin are beginning their fall fundraising push, and the Northwoods United Way has set an ambitious goal.

Executive Director Nancy Sattler says the money raised in the Northwoods stays here to help local people...

"....we focus on things like education, income and health. As we always say, 'we always win collectively when one person succeeds in school, or when a family is financially stable and when people are in good health...."

Sattler says they have set an ambitious goal...

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Focus on Public-Private Partnership
3:01 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Workshop Spreads the Word About Broadband Grant Opportunity

Communities and service providers have about a month to apply for state funds to expand broadband service.

Jill Hietpas, Broadband Outreach Specialist for UW Extension, gave a workshop in Rhinelander Monday to talk about the half-a-million dollars in funds offered through the Public Service Commission. 

Hietpas says money aims to reach areas with little broadband access, and requires that communities partner with service providers.

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Vilas residents asked to step forward
3:27 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Vilas Vision Seeking New Leadership Candidates


A program to develop the next generation of leaders in Vilas county is looking for candidates.
Since it's inception in 2003, Vilas Vision has graduated more than 100 candidates. It is a cooperative arrangement between Vilas County UW-Extension and the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

UW-Extension agent Chris Stark says the program hopes to help people build a better future for themselves and the community...

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Urging Higher Wages
3:55 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Wausau Fast Food Workers Plan to Strike Thursday

Fast food workers plan to strike in Wausau on Thursday.  It’s part of a national movement calling for higher wages and the right to bargain collectively. 

  The nonprofit Wisconsin Jobs Now is organizing the rally in Wausau, but the group says fast food workers in over 150 U.S. cities also plan to walk off their jobs Thursday.

They’re asking for a $15 hourly wage and the right to form a union. 

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Growing Membership and Activities
1:00 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Minocqua Chamber to Add Space

Minocqua’s Chamber of Commerce is planning an expansion.

The project calls for building a new room about 900 square feet in size, which can be used for meetings and event preparation. 

As Board President Buck Drossart explains, the growing scale of chamber events and membership has been putting a strain on existing space. 

“We were outgrowing the available space that we had.  And we felt it was time to expand, and offer a much larger more conducive space to our staff, board of directors, and our membership.”

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Labor Day
4:11 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Enjoy The Day Off But Remember History Says Leader


It's Labor Day in the U.S. and a labor activist says it's perfectly o.k. to take the day off...

" is a break from work. That's the point. To recognize people who toil for a living. So enjoy the day!...."

That's Bill Brockmiller,  president of the western Wisconsin AFL-CIO. He says he hopes workers take a moment to recognize the things they have because of the effort of organized labor...

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Numbers back to pre-recession levels
10:41 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Lots Of Travelers This Labor Day, Gas Prices Down


There's more of us on the roads this Labor Day holiday weekend according to Wisconsin Triple-A.
Spokesperson Nick Jarmusz says expect to see many people with you on the roads...

"....we're going to have the highest travel volume since 2008. Nationally, that's going to mean about 35 million folks hitting the roads. Locally, here in Wisconsin were looking at 731,000 residents will be traveling...."

Jarmusz says nationally, it will be the highest travel volume since 2008. Jarmusz says stability in gas prices is also leading travelers to hit the roads...

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