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.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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