LAKE TOMAHAWK - The DNR board approved a measure Wednesday that will eliminate in-person deer registration in 2015.
The department says it will save them money and be more efficient.
But that decision could mean less business for area registration sites.
The BP gas station in Lake Tomahawk registers about 500 deer a year.
It's the only registration location between Rhinelander and Minocqua.
The station's owners say most people who register deer also buy other things like pizza, beer and snacks.
The store depends on deer registration to get through the lull between the summer and snowmobile season.
"500 customers means a lot to us....It's going to hurt our businesses. We live in such a small community. Then it will be hard to survive," said BP Lake Tomahawk owner Meena Arora.
We called seven businesses that register deer in our area.
All but one said eliminating in-person deer registration will hurt business.
We also asked our Facebook Friends what they thought.
Brenda Yaekel posted, "I do not think they should take away from the local places that support hunting. Business is slow enough."
But hunter Gregory Dodge wrote, "I like the idea. I'm a long way from a registration station, over an hour round trip just to register a deer which takes under 5 minutes to do. They have been doing this out west for a long time with no issues."
You can call in deer registration or register deer online under the new system.
MERRILL - A $5 million facility that just opened in Merrill hopes to give people a place to learn more about heavy equipment and technology.
On Friday, Nortrax, a division of John Deere, celebrated the grand opening of a facility. Dozens of community members and officials were at the ribbon cutting.The process to open up the location on South Pine Ridge started a few years ago.
MADISON - MADISON, Wis. (AP) - " The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's request to provide federal low-interest disaster loans for individuals and businesses affected by flooding.
The SBA will provide loans for up to $200,000 for damaged homes, $40,000 for damaged property, and $2 million to businesses for physical damage and economic loss because of flooding.
Editor's note: an earlier version of this story inaccurately credited the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation with securing grant funding for internet projects in Land O' Lakes and Conover. That money was secured through grant applications from ChoiceTEL. Newswatch 12 regrets the error.
Paul Osterman can't rest for too long on a congratulations from Governor Scott Walker.
"It's a busy time, absolutely," Osterman said. "Now the real work begins."
The Northwoods Connect CEO joined Walker at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport on Friday morning to celebrate about $110,000 for new broadband towers in Oneida and Florence Counties.
"We're growing pretty rapidly, which is exciting and hard at times too," Osterman said.
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