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Fostering Small Businesses
4:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Vilas County to Host Business Start-Up Leaders

Officials helping  start-up businesses around the state are meeting up in Vilas County next week.  Vilas County Economic Development Corporation is hosting the quarterly meeting of the state’s Business Incubation Association Board.  Vilas County EDC Director Bob Egan says it’s a chance for the local chapter to learn from its counterparts in other cities and towns. 

“And by having these folks here – we consider it a privilege but at the same time it will allow us to draw on their expertise, and help us proceed in being successful.”

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Boosting Local Economy
10:00 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Hometown Trolley Receives Loan for Expansion

A Crandon company is getting an extra $150,000 in loans to fund an expansion.  Hometown Trolley is increasing its manufacturing capacity.  The loan comes from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.  The agency uses money from timber sales to fund economic development projects.  Hometown Trolley already received a loan from BCPL earlier this summer.  But BCPL Executive Secretary Tia Nelson says the company asked for extra money when it revised its project costs. 

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Annual Festival
4:40 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Gearing up for Cranberry Onslaught

The festival expects to sell some 10,000 pounds of fresh cranberries.
Credit Pen Waggener

In spite of a rainy forecast, Eagle River is bracing for some 40,000 visitors to Cranberry Fest. 

Organizer Kim Emerson is busy setting up for the weekend festival. 

“Some of the preparations we’re working on is getting all the big tents set up, we’ve got to get all the crafter booths set up so all the vendors know where their spot is, get the fresh cranberries and craisins set up.”

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Gathering of Industry Representatives
1:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Timber Industry to Hold Forth on Federal Policy

Members of the forest products industry are testifying on federal policies that affect them.  Great Lakes Timber Professionals has organized a hearing that runs all day Friday and Saturday.  The group’s Director Henry Shienebeck says the aim is to collect testimony to submit to Congress. 

“Really for our association it’s about how do we get a combined message to Washington that says, this is what happens when you do rules and regulations without completely understanding and taking the local economy into account when you do this.”

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Neighboring Example
12:55 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Citizens Hope to Learn From Minnesota Mines

Iron County citizens are holding a forum next week. It will look at issues brought on by iron mining in Minnesota.  Organizer Terry Daulton says the guest is research scientist Nancy Schuldt water quality specialist with the Fond du Lac Tribe. 

“And she works on a lot of the issues relating to water quality and wild rice, and also potential things like mercury contamination that would affect tribal members there in Minnesota.”

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Food Insecurity in Northwoods Communities
12:52 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Film Screening to Focus on Hunger

A film screening next week is putting the spotlight on hunger issues in the Northwoods.  St. Augustine’s Church in Rhinelander is showing A Place at the Table.  Father Dean Einerson says many families deal with uncertainty about getting enough to eat, and A Place at the Table looks at the reasons behind the problem.

“That’s a movie that tries to get at why so many Americans face food insecurity.  Last year there were 50 million Americans who didn’t know where the food for their family was gonna come each week.”

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Peak color approaching
4:44 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

State, County, Local Facilities Open During Fed Shutdown

Wisconsin parks open
Credit destination360.com

While facilities in the national forests are shutting down due to the government funding stalemate, a DNR spokesperson says state, county and local recreational facilities remain open.

That's the word from Paul Holtan who says the public has been calling to check on whether state-owned areas were open...

 

"....all of our state parks, trails, are open, our campgrounds are open. Our fisheries and wildlife are all open, so we're

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Thousands Served Each Month
4:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Food Need Remains, Says Pantry Volunteer

The Lakeland Food Pantry is reporting a steady need for food donations.
Credit Matthew Hurst

News Director Ken Krall talks with John Winkelman of the Lakeland Food Pantry in Woodruff about the continuing need to keep people fed.

John Winkelman from the Lakeland Food Pantry in Woodruff. More information on the Pantry is on their website.

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Prospective Tourism Dollars
3:22 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Nonprofit Gathers Support for ATV Park

Nonprofit President John Schnorr says the park would accommodate more than just ATVs.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A nonprofit group is working to build a 10,000 acre off-road vehicle park in Forest County.  The group says it would have a $28 million annual impact. 

President of Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated John Schnorr says it would meet a sizable demand for off-road recreation.  And he notes the park would be open year-round.

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Affordable Care Act Not Changing VA Health Plans
2:17 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

VA Health Services Staying Open, Not Changing

Veterans’ health services are not being affected by the government shutdown.  Iron Mountain VA Health Center spokesman Brad Nelson says other aspects of Veterans Affairs may be impacted, but clinics and health services are funded well in advance.

“We already have advance appropriations for 2014, so we’re remaining fully open in that regard.  So we are not impacted by this current lapse in appropriations.”

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