Economy

New report agrees
11:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

State Economist Sees Continued Growth in 2014

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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 BizTimes.com,  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.

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Held at Boom Lake in June
4:00 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Rhinelander Event Celebrates Logging Heritage

The logging boom.
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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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Factual Dispute
4:03 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

250,000: A Magic Number For Jobs?

Some are questioning whether Governor Scott Walker is backpedaling on his jobs promise.
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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.

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Stimulating Economic Development
6:37 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Crandon Likely to Net $2.1M in State Loans

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has approved $2.1 million in loans for the Crandon area.
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A state lending agency has given the green light to loan more than two million dollars to the city of Crandon and its schools.  

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Busy Day for Business
5:49 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Redikulus Dae Draws Crowd

Justine Whitefish recently started a frybread business, after making the bread for over 30 years.
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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. 

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Follow 2012 pattern
10:34 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Unemployment Rates Fall In Northwoods

Northwoods unemployment rates fell slightly last month.
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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.

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