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A recent study shows some lobbyists in Madison were paid  thousands of dollars per hour to lobby legislators on various issues.

Matt Rothschild from the non-profit campaign watchdog Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says one of the top-paid lobbyists represented the Milwaukee Bucks as the team wanted state money to pay for a new arena...

Northwoods Summer Tourist Season Sets Records

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 Chilly temperatures and a wet spring made for a slow start to the summer and tourist season this year. However, Rhinelander Chamber Director Dana DeMet says area lodgers report that July and August were the busiest months on record for the Northwoods.

 “It’s been a very mild summer. It hasn’t been too hot, it hasn’t been too cold, as well as decreased gas prices means that people have a little bit more spending money to be able to get out and go around and enjoy some of the things here in the Northwoods.”

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A top state official says the idea is to bring technology to the  Northwoods without wrecking the environment.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch stopped by the Vilas County Business Incubator in Eagle River Friday.

She was asked about the possibility of bringing more high speed internet here...

".....you all understand how broadband is essential for economic development, education development and public safety development. I know there's a split constituency on this, attracting more development versus less development...."

Gift of the Harvest—the Art and History of Ricing

Aug 29, 2015
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It is early September as I steady our small canoe (jiiman), keeping my left foot in and my right foot out, while my cousin climbs aboard. It is time to harvest the wild rice.

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Dogs of all types will compete Saturday morning in the Pawzitive Outdoor Games at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

 Carol Lofquist of  TLC Dog Training is one of the coordinators.  She talks about what the canines will be doing...

"...for agility, it's beginners, intermediate and advanced. One overall winner will win a year of dog food. Same with the pier pups. The dogs jump off, see how far they can jump and the overall winner wins a full year of dog food...."

Lofquist says it's designed for the owner and the dog to build a bond.

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  Bookworms and movie fanatics in the area will have the opportunity to pay off their fines with non-perishable food items through the Rhinelander Public Library’s “Food for Fines” Program. Library Director Virginia Roberts says it’s an effort to encourage people to give back to the community.

“It’s a partnership that most libraries have done with their food pantries. We have a lot of folks here who use the library and food pantry, and we are here to help, and a couple times a year if we can help a little bit more, that’s what we do.”

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Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch stopped by the Vilas County Business Incubators in Eagle River today.

Kleefisch talked with Christine Gaffron at Stitch It, who makes embroidered logos on items like hats and shirts. Since being in the incubator, Gaffron told Kleefisch her business has grown and it has helped to be in the incubator...

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A rising purse has attracted a nationwide pool of race drivers as the Eagle River Derby Track is the site of the first annual ATV-UTV World Championship this weekend.

Derby spokesperson Russ Davis says drivers are coming from many states, including Texas and California. Davis says interest grew as the purse did. Initially it was $15,000 and has grown to more than $60,000. Davis says this style of racing is new to the Upper Midwest...

Northwoods Sees Unemployment Decline in July

Aug 27, 2015
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More people are working in the Northwoods. The state has released the July unemployment numbers and all the northern counties have lower unemployment rates than the previous year.

Labor economist Scott Hodek says some counties are also seeing a positive hiring trend, but a couple are not....

CoVantage Credit Union to Expand to Elcho

Aug 27, 2015
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CoVantage Credit Union headquartered in Antigo has signed an agreement to purchase the Northwoods National Bank in Elcho.

CoVantage CEO Brian Prunty says CoVantage has nearly 2,000 members in the Elcho area and felt a facility there would be a benefit to them.

Northwoods National Bank is owned by the Baraboo National Bank. Prunty says the purchase of a bank by a credit union is somewhat unusual....

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