Snowmobile trails are opening across the Northwoods. Phelps trails open Thursday, and Forest County trails open Friday.
Most Oneida County trails opened Wednesday. Minocqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus says wintry conditions this early in the year is a big deal.
“It’s been several years since the trails have been open before the holidays, and a very long time since we’ve been able to really invite tourists to come and spend their holiday vacation hopefully between Christmas and New Years in the Northwoods.”
Business incubators have been started in at least two Northwoods counties and Oneida county might also be looking into it.
An incubator works by putting several mostly new small businesses in one building, sharing relatively low rent and utilities with the idea toward growth and eventually leaving the nest.
During this week's Board of Supervisor's meeting, Oneida County Economic Development Corporation Director Roger Luce said critics say the incubator's compete with private sector rentals. He disputes that...
The Assembly Speaker's Rural Schools Task Force held its third hearing Tuesday in Madison.
Legislators heard more than three hours of testimony from educational groups and administrators. State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers spoke about the financial challenges facing rural schools.
"We need to do something about fixing our funding system for all the schools in the state. We need to find ways to allocate resources that take into account the income levels of families, and not just the community's property value."
NORTHSTAR Health System and Aspirus Health System have announced an affiliation agreement.
Based in Iron River, Michigan NORTHSTAR includes a 25-bed critical access hospital with clinics in Iron River, Marenisco and Crystal Falls. They also have home health and hospice services. NORTHSTAR has 370 employees. Aspirus is based in Wausau. The transaction is expected to be done in late January.
Connie Koutouzos, NORTHSTAR Chief Executive Officer says the juncture will help them do more...
Rhinelander health care premiums are falling somewhere in the middle as compared to the rest of the state. That’s according to a new report from progressive group Citizen Action of Wisconsin. It compares health insurance rates in different regions statewide.
It finds Madison tends to rank lowest, while the highest premiums are found in the Milwaukee area and in far Northwestern Wisconsin.
Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill in Rhinelander that he says will help employers get more skilled workers to companies. Youth Apprenticeship integrates high school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in skills defined by Wisconsin industries. It works with local school districts and the area technical colleges.
A bill relating to race-based mascots is still sitting on Governor Scott Walker’s desk. He until the end of the day Wednesday to sign or veto the bill, before it automatically becomes law. The bill changes a process established in 2010 for how to handle complaints about race-based school mascots and team names.
Supporters of the new process say it’s more fair – a person has to prove a mascot is discriminatory before they can get it changed. And that person needs a petition of signatures to file an initial complaint. Here’s Representative Steve Nass, who authored the bill.