Business & Industry en Three Lakes Schools Working With A 'Revolutionary' Concept <p>Three Lakes increased broadband capacity and a willing community and school will likely put them on the cutting edge of a revolutionary education and economic development effort called a Fab Lab.</p><p>The technology exists to build a box,tooth brush or any manufactured item without a large manufacturing facility.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:43:00 +0000 Ken Krall 16840 at Three Lakes Schools Working With A 'Revolutionary' Concept Older Unit at Weston Power Plant Soon to Stop Running <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wisconsin Public Service is retiring a coal fired power plant near Wausau, and switching a second one over to natural gas.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Weston Unit 1 was built in 1954.&nbsp; WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees says the older plant is much less efficient in generating power, and also needs expensive emissions upgrades.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:41:34 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 16839 at Northwoods Gas Prices Among Highest in Midwest <p>Corn is likely one &nbsp;reason why gas prices have inched up lately, but there is another reason.</p><p>A petroleum analyst for the website gas buddy dot com says gas refiners are still in the process of shifting over to summer blend gasoline &nbsp;so states&nbsp;can meet federal air quality rules.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:11:41 +0000 Ken Krall 16652 at Northwoods Gas Prices Among Highest in Midwest Potawatomi Say New Report Shows Gaming Market is Saturated; Menominee Disagree <p><em>Editor's Note: This report was updated at 4:01 p.m.</em></p><p>A report on Indian gaming is drawing mixed interpretations about how casinos are doing in Wisconsin.&nbsp;</p><p>The report from gaming information publisher Casino City shows a slight increase in Wisconsin’s gaming revenue from 2011 and 2012.&nbsp; But it also shows more than 3-percent drop over six years, from 2007 through 2012.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:39:40 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 16643 at Utility Customers Behind on Bills Could Face Shutoffs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Saturday marks the end of the winter moratorium on utility shutoffs.&nbsp; Wisconsin Public Service is urging customers who are behind on their bills to call sooner rather than later…to make payment arrangements.&nbsp;</span></p><p>State law prevents anyone’s home utilities from being turned off during winter months between November 1<sup>st</sup> and April 15<sup>th</sup>, even you don’t pay the bills.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:40:41 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 16592 at Regional Economic Success Focus Of Meeting <p>The Northwoods regional economic development Corporation...Grow hosting its annual membership meeting in Antigo.</p><p>Executive Director Don Sidlowski says the annual meetings gather all the members to look at the successes and goals. He says there has been successes...</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 22:02:23 +0000 Ken Krall 16571 at In Mercer, A Basketball Court is Born <p>With the Final Four coming up this weekend, many people's eyes will be glued to the basketball courts.&nbsp; But have you ever thought about where those court floors come from? Most&nbsp;of the country’s wooden gym floors are made here in northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here in the small town of Mercer, Wisconsin, a gym floor starts with unloading a pallet of maple planks delivered from a sawmill.</span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 16478 at In Mercer, A Basketball Court is Born Wisconsin Public Service Asks For Rate Request <p>Wisconsin Public Service electric customers are being asked to pay eight-percent more to keep their lights on next year.</p><p>The utility said today that it asked state regulators for a rate hike that would charge the average residential customer six-dollars more per month.</p><p>WPS' Rate Case Consultant Pat Campshure says there are several different reasons for the rate increase...</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:37:08 +0000 Wheeler News-Learfield Data & Ken Krall 16347 at Wisconsin Public Service Asks For Rate Request Harsh Winter Sends Northwoods Residents Flying <p>The long, cold, nasty winter had one positive side effect: more people got on flights out of Rhinelander for warmer places.</p><p>That assessment about passenger&nbsp;boarding for the first quarter of 2014 from Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport manager Joe Brauer...</p><p><i><u>"...actually our passenger enplanements are looking good. We're probably up about 20 percent as far as departures out of here, and we're up about 10 percent for people deplaning here at the airport...."</u></i></p><p>Brauer has a suspicion as to why the numbers were up in the bitter cold season...</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:25:32 +0000 Ken Krall 16346 at Harsh Winter Sends Northwoods Residents Flying Grants Requested To Build More Vilas Co. Broadband <p>Vilas County Economic Development Corporation has applied for a state grant to build more fast internet service.</p><p>Barry McLeane manages the Corporation's business incubators and sits on their board. He says they've applied to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for part of a half-million dollar pool of grant money. They've forged a public-private partnership as he explains...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:44:00 +0000 Ken Krall 16211 at Grants Requested To Build More Vilas Co. Broadband