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...."
Biologists are on the lookout for signs of a spreading fungus that could affect bats in Wisconsin.
Signs of the deadly white nose syndrome have been found in neighboring states and as close as 30 miles from the Wisconsin border, but haven’t yet appeared here.
DNR Conservation Biologist Paul White says preventative measures may have helped. All cave bats in Wisconsin are listed as threatened, and officials enforce decontamination procedures at public caving sites.
Volunteers will be scouring four counties this Wednesday night to tally the area’s homeless population.
The point-in-time count is conducted by a coalition of groups called Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness, including Oneida County UW Extension and Forward Service Corporation. It covers Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas Counties.
Coordinator Lori Hallas explains the count is an important tool to measure the homeless population.
Three Appleton area men were killed Friday night in a one-vehicle crash in Langlade county.
The Sheriff's Department reports they were called shortly after 9 p.m. to a rollover crash on Pickerel Lake Road near the Langlade-Forest county line. Deputies found a Jeep Cherokee overturned and partially submerged in Pickerel Creek. The driver, 69 year old Gerald Randerson, was dead, along with two passengers, 50 year old John Cohen of Combined Locks and 65 year old Daniel L.Krubeck, of Appleton.
A survey is underway to find out why people live in Oneida county. Survey proponents hope as many young people as possible participate.
Oneida County UW-Extension and Rhinelander Young Professionals are hosting the survey. Extension Agent Tim Brown says there is plenty of chatter why young people leave the community or stay, but little in the way of hard numbers...