Many Northwoods communities are reporting an uptick in visitors this winter.
Boulder Junction room tax receipts were up eight percent for last year’s fourth quarter, which ended in December. Rhinelander room tax receipts were up four percent over that time, and Minocqua's went up two percent.
Rhinelander Chamber Director Dana DeMet says more people seemed to be traveling to the Northwoods this year for the snow quality.
Rhinelander is gearing up for home improvement season with the Hodag Home show this weekend.
Rhinelander Chamber Director Dana DeMet says it’s a chance to consult with experts and see a variety of product options.
“Anybody who owns a home here in the Northwoods knows that there’s a very short season in which we can get a lot of our projects done. So we like to schedule this near the end of the winter season, so that people can get on their calendar for a lot of these projects that are coming up.”
Democratic lawmakers are coming to Rhinelander this weekend to hear what people in northern Wisconsin think about the governor’s proposed budget.
State Senator John Erpenbach of Middleton sits on the Joint Finance Committee. He says Saturday’s listening session is an opportunity to hear from citizens of both parties.
“So there’s all sorts of aspects to the budget that affect everybody in the state from one aspect or another. So we’re real curious to hear what people have to say about it, and any ideas that people have.”
Wisconsin Public Service crews have begun to extend a natural gas pipeline from Crandon to the Forest County Potawatomi Community.
WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the project involves about five miles of both new construction and upgrades to existing infrastructure.
“If we’re looking for any additional expansion beyond the Forest County Potawatomi governmental buildings there, we do need to make sure that our system has enough pressure and is built to the specifications necessary to do any expansions.”
A new cooperative effort to fund more management on the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest is bearing fruit.
Harvest has begun on a timber sale in Forest County as part of a stewardship agreement. That means money earned from the sale will go towards conservation and management on the forest, instead of to the general budget.
As Director of the nonprofit Sustainable Resources Initiative Don Peterson explains, it’s thanks to the efforts of a group called the Stewardship Steering Committee.