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.
Lincoln County humane society officials are thanking the community for their support as they handle the puppy mill situation.
Fifty-six adult dogs and puppies were surrendered Saturday to the Lincoln County Humane Society and workers have been scrambling to find places to put them all. Board president Patrick Hoerstmann says the community response has been amazing. "Right now we just have an overwhelming outpouring of support from the public. It's finally slowing down a little bit. It's been a constant stream of people, I've never seen our parking lot so full."
Wisconsin could be offering a health care option that is outside the realm of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.
During a stop in Rhinelander last week, Governor Scott Walker said he's been talking to the federal government to have Wisconsin residents get another option outside of the Affordable Care Act protocols.....