BOULDER JUNCTION - Holiday spending in full swing..there was grey Thursday, Black Friday...and now Small Business Saturday.
In Boulder Junction business owners know they need their friends and neighbors to keep the tight knit economy rolling.
Theresa Smith is the Executive Director of the Boulder Junction Chamber of commerce, "Without them, we would not have this beautiful downtown area here in Boulder Junction. That's what keeps us all thriving and living and working in the Northwoods. So it's an important thing and I know that the business owners really appreciate all of the folks that they see through their door."
One business on main street just opened its doors in October and they know they can provide a one-of-a-kind service you won't find in a big box store.
Janny Thomas of the Boulder Junction Trading Company says, "Well here we try to help everybody personalize things and know people's names so that they want to come back. We can specialize in gifts."
Another bonus of the small business shopping experience is unique items often made right here in the Northwoods.
ACROSS THE U.S. - A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would expand regulation on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, not regulated already by the agency.
The proposal, which was released Thursday, would regulate hookahs, nicotine gels, cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA currently only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking. Medical experts donít know the full health impact of e-cigarettes yet. Leaders at the FDA want to get ahead of the trend.
The proposal would make e-cigarette producers register their products and show their ingredients to the agency.
RHINELANDER - It won't be much longer before the Hodag water show gears up for the summer, but right now they need to make repairs to their building. Rod Olson says it may cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to make repairs to the building. To watch the video click on the video link.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Railroads give businesses a chance to move loads of material for a low cost. Loggers could use rail as an alternative to trucking material, but many businesses donít get that opportunity in the Northwoods anymore.
Canadian National bought rail in the Northwoods about a decade ago. They have cut back service drastically since then.
Some counties haven't seen train travel in years, which hurts business. Now, those businesses want to reestablish rail service.
In response, a group of counties in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan formed the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Drug addicts can look nearly everywhere to get their fix, and sometimes they can get that by raiding their family's medicine cabinet.
That's why Lac du Flambeau police gave a drug presentation at an event for the elderly Thursday.
Police leaders wanted to show seniors what could happen if they didn't keep track of their medications.
"A lot of times the elderly and older population can be victims from this. As the younger children, grandchildren, things like that are you know coming in and taking their grandparents prescription drugs," says Sarah Keuer, a nurse at Peter Christensen Health Center.
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