A $600,000 state grant will enable a study as to why Wisconsin's forest products industry is declining while at the same time the number of trees has grown.
The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association...headquartered in Rhinelander...and the Wisconsin County Forests Association are administering the grant. The funding came from an amendment put into the state budget by State Senator Tom Tiffany.
There's still a few things you can do to save yourself from the tax bite before 2014 comes this Wednesday .
Certified Public Accountant Mary Schwaiger from Reach and Schwaiger in Eagle River...
"....if you're itemizing deductions, it does make sense to make more charitable contributions before the end of the year, pay your property taxes ahead of time. Paying the property taxes also gives you a credit on the state of Wisconsin, so that helps on both ends..."
While Wisconsin's overall unemployment rate continues to drop, Northwoods unemployment continues above state average. In Iron county's situation, they have the highest unemployment rate in the state.
State numbers released Thursday show Iron county at 13.2 percent, Vilas is fourth highest at 9.5 percent, Forest is at 8.1 percent, but Oneida, Lincoln and Langlade counties are lower in the 7 percent range. Price county is at 5.3 percent. Wisconsin's average is 5.8 percent.
Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says he’ll run for election to the office next year. Fath was appointed sheriff upon the death of Frank Tomlanovich in June. To remain sheriff, he’ll have to be elected in November.
Fath says he has been planning to run for over two years – even before his appointment.
He says during most of his 18 years as chief deputy, federal law required chief deputies to abandon their posts before running for sheriff. That provision was recently changed.
Home sales were up slightly in November for the Northern part of the state, according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association. That bucks the trend for the rest of the state, which saw an overall dip in sales for November. Marquette University economist David Clark says median price increases were also high – at over 8 percent in the north.