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For many year-round and summer residents, all trails in Langlade County lead north — to North Trail Store in Elcho.

A new survey of Wisconsin businesses indicates the state’s workforce shortage has become an emergency. According to the Wisconsin Employer Survey, 86 percent of businesses are struggling to hire workers.

The recovery from the pandemic has created an interesting challenge for many employers. “Now Hiring” signs are prevalent across many local industries, from technology to seasonal hospitality. Some suggest that the only reason workers can’t be obtained is the extended unemployment benefits an…

The historic Crescent Theater, which originally showcased vaudeville acts during its original heyday more than 100 years ago, is experiencing a revival with the establishment of the Stubborn Brothers Brewery at 220 S. Main St., Shawano.


In some homes, the pitter-patter of little feet is the joyous sound of a growing family. To Ron and Becky Peters, it often means a phone call to remove a family of uninvited guests.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. and MANITOWOC, Wis., June 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCBS) (“Nicolet”) and County Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ: ICBK) (“County”) today jointly announced the execution of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Nicolet will acquire County …

At Country Fresh Meats continues to spread its distribution farther and wider, its next stop is Curdville.


The newest chapter in the packaging industry is being written in an Elcho manufacturing plant.

When the pandemic started to hit a year ago, it had a big impact on internal and external communications for all organizations — an impact that’s continuing today. Looking back on the past year, the communication changes can be likened to the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, …

At the Public Service Commission (PSC), we understand how important broadband access is to our communities’ educational and economic opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic has added urgency to expanding this critical service across the state so we can decrease the digital divide impacting many…

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WAUSAU — The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce named the recipients of the 2021 Small Business of the Year Awards at a program held at Athletic Park in Wausau on Wednesday, May 19.

Eight Northcentral Wisconsin broadband expansion projects were awarded grants from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC). They are among 58 projects statewide that will share the $28.4 million in grants to expand highspeed broadband internet access to unserved and underserved loca…

Gov. Tony Evers announced a $100 million investment in Wisconsin’s economic recovery as part of the state’s funds received through the federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act. The investment aims to ensure businesses and communities across Wisconsin have additional support and resource…

As the COVID-19 vaccination rate increases, business owners still face uncertainty as the Wisconsin summer tourism season nears. This and other findings from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s yearlong COVID-19 economic impact survey project were the topic of a panel discussion April 7 wi…

WAUSAU — The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce will name the recipients of the 2021 Small Business of the Year Awards at a program to be held at Athletic Park in Wausau on Wednesday, May 19. This year’s program will also include recognition of Dr. Lori Weyers, the retiring President of Nort…

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WAUSAU — REACH will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30 to celebrate completed rebranding for the business. Along with the ribbon cutting, the public is invited to an open house from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 30 at 4403 Stewart Avenue, Suite A.

One bright side to an emergency is the opportunity to bring out the best in an organization. Linetec earned a 2020 Manufacturer of the Year award from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce for its efforts to reinvent its culture in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As rustic, chic barn weddings continue to be a top choice for weddings, Eron’s Event Barn, 3471 County Rd. C, Stevens Point, continues to build on the wedding experience for brides and grooms.

There are many signs of spring — robins and other birds return to Wisconsin, days get a little warmer and a bit longer, air travel picks up. That’s particularly true this year as schools hit spring break and COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease.

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Gov. Tony Evers announced a $100 million investment in Wisconsin’s economic recovery as part of the state’s funds received under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act. The investment aims to ensure businesses and communities across Wisconsin have additional support and resources to …

Charter Communications said it plans to invest $668 million in a plan to expand broadband internet offerings to 143,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin.

Not only are apprenticeships a way for area teens to become accustomed to the working world, they also present an opportunity for more established workers to learn new trends.

Jessica Guyant has packed a lot of living into her 42 years, but whether it’s been as a boat captain in Hawaii, backpacking around southeast Asia or skiing in Colorado, her journey has been equal parts enlightenment and enjoyment.


Once symbolic of a failed Midwestern franchise, the empty hull of at least one former Shopko building will soon buzz anew.

Sometime, when we marketing a business for sale, it’s important to include a short note about why the business wasn’t transitioning to the owner’s kids. After all, if it’s such a great opportunity, why don’t the kids want it, right?

When COVID-19 forced closures of businesses from March through May 2020, the Rhinelander community was able to rally around its suddenly troubled economic engine.

(image Tuffy) Scott Dufrane, above, said he and his wife, Jessie, liquidated everything they had to purchase Tuffy Boats in 2018. Company sales have grown since then and new models are in the works.

A survey by the University of WisconsinOshkosh’s Center for Customized Research and Services found campaigns to shop locally during the holidays helped, but businesses are struggling with extra expenses related to COVID-19. Still, overall viability remains high, with nearly half of respondin…

The Marshfield community has been a study in resiliency during the past year. Just as the community was coming to grips with the closure of prominent long-time employer Figi’s in the opening months of 2020, along came COVID-19.

If you’re like me, you probably never want to think about 2020 again, but there is one lingering item from last year — your 2020 taxes.

With businesses and municipalities casting lures to families who might be considering relocation, the expansion of The Reserve at Greenwood Hills couldn’t be coming at a better time.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber, manufacturers’ association and safety council – launched a new initiative on Thursday to protect the business community from government entities that have overstepped their authority.

It’s not often one would willingly trade places with someone who’s rehabilitating an injury, but that’s the approach Tim Thorsen and Ben Solheim strive to take at Health in Motion. 

As 2020 left so many people and businesses wondering where to turn, a record number were turning to the Portage County Business Council (PCBC). 

Aspirus Health and Ascension have signed an agreement to transfer from Ascension to Aspirus ownership of seven hospitals, 21 physician clinics and air and ground medical transport services located in north and central Wisconsin. 

As businesses continue to search for answers to the questions inherent to COVID-19, the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce spent a good portion of 2020 trying to find answers.


When Amanda Franseen was a young girl doing small tasks in the shop at her family’s meat-processing business, she probably never imagined she would one day own it.

An area family foundation is making significant donations to support Wisconsinites in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Little Rapids Corporation-Egan Family Foundation, which has a paper mill in Shawano and manufacturing facilites in Green Bay, donated $210,000 this month to more than …

It’s safe to say 2020 was, at best, a mixed bag for most, but for Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning, the year couldn’t have gone much better.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) — the combined state chamber, manu - facturers’ association and safety council — has been recognized by its peer as the State Chamber of the Year.