Loading

37°F

36°F

37°F

32°F

37°F

32°F

32°F

42°F

37°F
NEWS STORIES

Iron mine could help rail service push in NorthwoodsSubmitted: 11/22/2013

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Play Video

RHINELANDER - A group representing more than a dozen northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan counties would love to see increased rail service in their areas.

The Northwoods Rail Transit Commission believes an iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills would dramatically help their efforts.

The Commission formed last year to push for better freight rail service in the North.

Service by rail companies has slowed or stopped in many areas of the Northwoods.

Rail companies often say there's not enough freight to make service profitable for them.

An operating iron ore mine would increase freight traffic heavily.

"You can see what happened with frac sand mining in the Chippewa (Falls) area. If that mine becomes operational and starts shipping ore, a lot of that could come east toward the port in Escanaba. That will help give reason and volume to reopen that Highway 8 line that we're talking about," says Northwoods Rail Transit Commission Chair Wendy Gehlhoff at a meeting of the Commission Friday in Rhinelander.

Most of the rail line that hugs Highway 8 from Ladysmith to Pembine currently sits unused.

The Canadian National railway shut down service, saying it wasn't profitable.

The director of Michigan Tech University's Rail Transportation Program addressed the Commission Friday.

He stressed that for a rail company to operate, it needs to see a way to make money on carrying freight in a certain area.

"If we have high volumes, low value, long distance - if you don't look at rail or intermodal, you're absolutely nuts. It has to be in the equation, or you're not going to be able to compete with the other regions of this nation or other nations," said Dr. Pasi Lautala.

The Commission's next task is to get better information from companies on how they would use rail service, if it was available.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS
Early start to fall festivities Submitted: 09/21/2014

Play Video

TOWN OF MAINE - Fall won't officially start until Monday evening, but that doesn't mean fall activities haven't hit the Northwoods.

You could find people zipped up in fleece jackets trying to find their way out of a corn maze Sunday. This is the 15th year Willow Springs Garden held its corn maze in the Town of Maine.

They started this to raise money to restore the old town hall.

"We wanted to restore it. Not for sure what we were going to use it for at first, but then the community kind of indicated to us that they want to use it," said Willlow Springs Garden Owner Peggy Griffin. "We created it to host family events, wedding, reunions, anniversaries are going on there today."

+ Read More
Rhinelander Area Food Pantry sets first distribution date at new locationSubmitted: 09/21/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry will start giving away food at their new location on October 4th.

The pantry will be moving to 627 Coon Street. That's the old Golden Harvest building.

+ Read More
Empowering young girls through PSASubmitted: 09/21/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Girl Scouts can be a great way to get young girls active in their community and grow into young women. Sunday, some girl scouts in Rhinelander made a PSA to show younger girls how empowering it can be to be a Girl Scout.

"This is why you should join Girl Scouts. You will gain courage, confidence and character,"

This is a message for young girls who want to better their community and themselves.

"You will make amazing friends and awesome memories,"

+ Read More
Man accused of fondling cancer patient in hospitalSubmitted: 09/21/2014

LA CROSSE - A Whitehall man is accused of fondling a terminally ill cancer patient while she was sedated in her hospital bed.

The woman asked him to bring her some clothes and personal items, and he decided to stay the night.

+ Read More
Former police officer who robbed bank gets 9 years in prisonSubmitted: 09/21/2014

MILWAUKEE - A former Mukwonago police officer convicted of robbing a bank while he was still on the force has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison.

44-year-old Alvin J. Brook robbed a bank in 2010 while brandishing his police-issued handgun, and made off with $54,000.

+ Read More
Keeping local history alive in older, historic homesSubmitted: 09/21/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Older homes can turn into a hassle for owners not expecting some work.

Many people avoid buying a historic piece because of the upkeep. But others enjoy carrying the story of a home forward, and keeping it alive. Some homeowners got the chance to show off their historical homes at the Tour of Historic Homes on Saturday.

+ Read More
One dead, one hurt in UTV crashSubmitted: 09/21/2014

Play Video

TOWN OF LITTLE RICE - A man died in a UTV accident on Gobbler Lake Road in the town of Little Rice.

Deputies in Oneida County think the driver of the UTV missed a curve in the road and left the roadway. It happened after 10:40 p.m. on Saturday.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here