RHINELANDER - In a tough economic climate local communities continue to do all they can to support local shops.
The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Northwoods Entrepreneurial Club and Northwoods Women in Business to put on the sixth annual Northwoods Business Expo next month.
The event has grown so much every year they'll have to move from the Northwoods Banquet Center to James Williams Middle School.
Chamber Executive Director Lara Reed knows the event is a good way to reach new customers.
"It really is geared toward that small business owner. It's really an affordable chance for smaller entrepreneurial businesses to get their name out into the public, and hopefully gain some more exposure and some new customers," says Reed.
Grow North will also hand out cash prizes to businesses with the best business plan.
Registration just opened, and starts at $50. The chamber is adding a little extra incentive to sign up.
"This BINGO card has 24 different business names that we spread out around the gym, so there's not two businesses next to each other, to encourage the attendees to go around and visit all of the different booths and really see the people that are there. And then those people attending that fill our their BINGO card will have a couple door prizes that we'll draw names and give away for that as well," says Reed.
Attendance at the expo is free to the public. For more information on how to sign up please see the link to the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce below.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
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