Report Finds WI. Economy Lags Compared to MN.

May 15, 2018
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MADISON, Wis. - Minnesota and Wisconsin have a lot in common in terms of geography, size and culture.

An economist working with state realtors says inflationary pressures will likely be putting pressure on home purchasing power, and possibly in the overall economy.

David Clark works with the Wisconsin Realtors Association and surveys how Wisconsin's home buyers and sellers are doing. Interest rates have been near an all-time low, but he says inflationary pressures are again being seen, as measured in percentage points..

"..we actually saw a little bit of an increase in October...."


A state economist says the wild fluctuations of the U.S. stock market aside, the economy still appears to be growing.

Scott Hodek studies state labor trends. He says the most recent numbers still are pointing upward...

".....when I look at the fundamentals and leading indicators, I still see moderate growth throughout 2015. Maybe not as good of growth as we probably thought early in the summer but still moderate growth...."

He says consumer confidence in August was down, but the prior six months found confidence in the economy to be good.

A state economist says for the most part, the economic recovery will speed up a bit with lower energy prices.

Scott Hodek says the the price of gas is about half of what it was just two years ago. He says when drivers look at the numbers on the gas pump, it can provide a psychological impact, either positive or negative, to consumers...

Northern Wisconsin Homes Sales Outpace State in 2014

Jan 19, 2015

December wasn’t a great month for home sales in northern Wisconsin, but the region still managed to exceed its total sales volume from the previous year. 

Sales in northern Wisconsin dropped by more than 7 percent in December compared to that month in 2013.  But this part of the state came out ahead when looking at the year as a whole, with sales up about one percent according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association. 

Those gains are the strongest of any region in Wisconsin.


A state economist thinks the  Northwoods economy will continue to improve. Ken Krall spoke with Department of Workforce Development economist Scott Hodek about the  forecast for the next few months.

A report last Friday by BMO Economics held much the same forecast as Hodek. According to the report published by,  real gross domestic product  in Wisconsin will increase 2.3 percent in 2014 and rise 2.6 percent in 2015. This is up more than a full percentage point from the 1.2 percent growth rate in 2013, bolstered by firming factory activity and modest export growth.

A new event promoting northern Wisconsin's logging heritage is coming to Rhinelander next summer.

Ken Krall talked with Chamber of Commerce Director Lara Reed about the Boom Lake Log Jam.

Reed says there will be things to do for the whole family.

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One side stands by the story, the other says it wasn't accurate.  Did Governor Walker say the state won't actually create 250,000 jobs?  Ken Krall has the details.  

Earlier this week, WJFW TV in Rhinelander talked to Governor Scott Walker in Merrill.

The WJFW story said Walker had backed off the promise, telling the station he said they state was more than 133,000 down because of the recession and 250,000 wasn't a "magic number" but rather about jobs affecting people.

Crandon Likely to Net $2.1M in State Loans

Aug 8, 2013
Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A state lending agency has given the green light to loan more than two million dollars to the city of Crandon and its schools.  

Redikulus Dae Draws Crowd

Aug 7, 2013
Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Businesses in downtown Rhinelander put on their best show for an annual street fair Wednesday.  

It was a breezy day on Brown Street and vendors were out in full force, selling everything from antiques to tshirts to shaved ice.  Justine Whitefish is selling frybread.  She's been making it for 33 years but she’s a new entrepreneur.  It’s her first year at Redikulus Dae and she’s a little disappointed by the turnout. 

Paul Keheler

The unemployment rate for most Northwoods counties has slipped below double-digits.

The Department of Workforce Development monthly unemployment numbers for May show the lowest rate in the region in Price county at 6.8 percent, Oneida at 8.3, Langlade 8.6, Lincoln 8.8, Forest 9.1, Vilas 9.3 and Iron county the second-highest in the state at 11.5.