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Vilas county steep drop
2:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Most Northwoods Counties See Unemployment Drop

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Lower Northwoods jobless numbers reflect a slowly growing economy and traditional summer hiring practices.

The Department of Workforce Development late last week released the local unemployment rates. Price county had the area's lowest rate at 5.6 percent. Lincoln county at 6.7 percent, Oneida at 6.9 percent, Langlade at 7.4 percent, Forest at 7.9 percent and Vilas at 8.1 percent. Iron county had the states second highest rate at 11.3 percent.

State economist Scott Hodek says businesses hurt by a slow economy and the weather saw an increase...

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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund
2:50 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

10,000 Acres of Public Land To Be Sold

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A Democrat thinks a move last week by the Natural Resources Board to sell off 10,000 acres of state land funded by the Stewardship program is not well thought out.

 Republicans ordered the move as part of the state budget they passed a year ago. Their goal is to reduce the debt incurred by the purchase of Stewardship lands. It was noted that the ten-thousand acres represent only a small share of the one-point-eight million acres of state-owned nature lands.

The DNR's Doug Haag  says under the law, all parcels had to be located outside of project boundaries...

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College Foundation
2:38 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Record Number Of Scholarships At Nicolet College

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A record 308  scholarships for the  upcoming academic year have been awarded by the Nicolet College Foundation. The number is  nearly double the number awarded 10 years ago.

Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says exceptional students qualify...

"....our scholarships range from $500 up to $2,500 and they're for students in any and all of our programs...."

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WPS Foundation
2:30 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Deadline Nearing For First Responder Grants

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There's  one month to go for area emergency responders to get grant money from Wisconsin Public Service.
Wisconsin Public Service's Foundation is celebrating 50 years with a special effort...says spokesperson Leah Van Zile...

"....August 1st is the deadline for emergency responders to apply for our new safety grant. We'll be awarding 25 grants(in the service area) of $2,000 to area responders in the public service area...."

The total grant amount totals $50,000 for the WPS service area...

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Careful Mapping of Town Roads
11:00 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Three Lakes Gathers Detailed Info About Terrestrial Invasives

A recent roadside survey found only five locations of purple loosestrife in Three Lakes, WI.
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Three Lakes has completed a detailed survey of terrestrial invasive species in the town. 

The data was collected by one individual: Baerbel Ehrig walked and biked 260 miles in Three Lakes last year…on both sides of each and every town road. 

Ehrig explains the purpose is to better understand which invasives are present on a local level, and how many of them there are.  And roads are a good place to start. 

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Adventure Racing in the Northwoods
5:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Stubborn Mule Challenges Teams to Keep Going, and Not Get Lost

A race this weekend near Tomahawk will test endurance and problem-solving.  The Stubborn Mule Adventure race asks teams to compete in a kind of off road triathlon that lasts either 12 or 30 hours. 

Race Director Paula Waite says the race requires navigating on foot, on bikes, and in a canoe. 

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New study cites Northwoods
8:37 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Broadband Can Tap New Revenue: Vacation Homes

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A University of Wisconsin and Extension study says the economic impact of second homes in Wisconsin is large and is often forgotten as an economic driver. While the study had a component in southern Wisconsin, it also had key results from the Northwoods.

Professor Russ Kashian at UW-Whitewater and Professor Andy Lewis from UW-Extension looked at the impacts of connecting second homes with high speed internet. The lack of such connectivity has been cited as a potential loss of revenue in some parts of the Northwoods.

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Long time events coordinator
8:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Emerson Named Eagle River Chamber Leader

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center has a new Executive Director who is a familiar name to area residents.

The Board of Directors has named Kim Emerson as the new director. Emerson joined the Chamber 13 years ago as Events Coordinator.

Emerson says the community is very important to her...

"...this is a wonderful community to work with...the businesses in the area, the visitors to the area. Just being who we are is an important part of what we've done in the past and I look forward to doing in the future...."

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300 in attendance
9:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Electors Say No To Torpy Park Pavilion Proposal

The pavilion vote count
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Minocqua town electors have turned down a proposal to build a new pavilion in Torpy Park.

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70 Years Since D-Day
3:22 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Other Side of Ninety: Glenn Johnson

Glenn Johnson, 90 years old, served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. military.
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This month marks 70 years since D-Day, the landing operations at Normandy during World War 2.  

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