WAUSAU - We hoped to see him Tuesday, but bad weather cancelled Gov. Walkers scheduled stop in Wausau.
Thursday, Walker finally was able to make it.
The new executive Director of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation came along.
Reed Hall was appointed CEO of the WEDC Tuesday.
Hall previously was the executive director at Marshfield Clinic.
He hopes his new opportunity will move the state forward and create jobs.
"We're going to concentrate in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation- expanding businesses, nurturing existing businesses, nurturing start-up companies, certainly looking for companies to transfer here from out of state," said Hall.
Some of those jobs in the Northwoods might be in jeopardy.
Governor Walker said today he plans to follow up with Wausau Paper.
The company announced earlier this month they were selling three of their plants, including one in Rhinelander.
"We're going to do everything in our power to make sure that's a strong base here in Wisconsin. It's not only through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, but through the department of work force and other state agencies and we can play an active role," said Governor Walker.
Hall adds that he's ready to work with other state agencies to build economic development in areas like the Northwoods.
MILWAUKEE - A Wausau-based company that makes architectural metal finishing took home a big honor Thursday night. Linetec won the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Large Company category.
The annual awards program celebrates Wisconsin companies that are well respected, serve their communities, and make Wisconsin "a better place to live, work, and play", according to a press release from the WMC.
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
MERRILL - Trinity Lutheran School in Merrill doesn't have room for any more kindergarten students next year.
Its class is already full, partly because some families can send their kids to Trinity for free.
For the third straight year, Trinity will participate in Wisconsin's private school choice program.
This year, the state pays tuition for about 30 of Trinity's 120 total students.
"Parents like the Christian base, obviously. That's the main reason people send [their kids] here," said School Administrator Kathy Yahr. "They're keeping them here more now because of the opportunities that we offer."
MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School student could face punishment for putting a shooting threat in a bathroom last week.
According to a press release, the Minocqua Police Department believes the girl officers talked to today is likely the person who left graffiti referencing the Parkland, Florida school shooting in an LUHS girls' bathroom on Thursday.
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