MINOCQUA - Northwoods Beer connoisseurs flocked to Minocqua this afternoon for a deal you can't beat. All you can drink beer from 1 to 5 at the 15th annual Ice Cold Beerfest. Minocqua's Campanile Center filled up quick, and people's mugs stayed full for 35-dollars. It was a great opportunity for local breweries looking to show off their best draft choices. “We're in the first hour right now and there’s already more people than last year. We're expecting a record year. “Said Minocqua Breweries Brewmaster, Ryan White.
“We don't get a lot of events this time of year, and the nice thing about it, is it breaks up winter. It gets us out of the brew house and gives us a chance to connect with people.” Red Eye’s Head Brewer Kevin Eichelberger mentioned. Visitors said the beer was great, but a certain event in San Francisco may have influenced some Packers fans to keep it low key. "We'll I think everybody else will be pacing themselves and waiting and enjoying a little more beer during the game. But it's indoor tailgating in Minocqua." Beerfest aimed to raise 5-thousand dollars to benefit local non-profit organizations.
RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group held a seminar at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Tuesday, to plan how to make Wisconsin more attractive to skilled workers and manufacturing businesses.
WMC's president believes the shortage in younger people in the industry has to do with two big misconceptions about manufacturing.
"The younger kids, as do their parents, have a perception on what manufacturing looks like and it's about 40 years out of date. If you're in an advanced manufacturing facility now, it's clean, it's high-tech, the engineers and technicians are working together," said Jim Morgan."We have a perception problem. I think we still have a definition of success that's says unless you have a four-year degree, you're not successful."
Morgan says groups like WMC work to change that perception. He believes workers with a two-year degree are just as successful in the industry.
So far, WMC held seminars at nine other technical colleges. For Rhinelander, more manufacturers could mean more economic independence.
"The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is looking to see how it can help and partner with local manufacturers to make the Rhinelander area a more favorable place for them to locate their businesses, as well as to attract and retain skilled workers to make those businesses successful," said Dana DeMet, Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce director.
Over the next six months, WMC will continue to look for ways to attract more workers and businesses to the state.
In December, it hopes to have 1000 representatives for a meeting in Milwaukee focusing on how manufacturing will benefit the state.
WMC also works with the University of Wisconsin system and the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
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