Governor Walker promotes more opportunities in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 05/14/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu

Governor Walker promotes more opportunities in the Northwoods
RHINELANDER - Northwoods businesses and industries need qualified employees. But finding them can be a challenge.

"Grow North" is a development corporation that works to grow businesses and employees in Northern Wisconsin.

"We comprise of an eight county area in Northern Wisconsin," said President of the "Grow North" board Vicky Oldham.

Oldham says "Grow North" started 14 years ago with the goal of creating, sustaining and promoting businesses in the Northwoods.

"Just making the great northern Wisconsin even better," said Oldham.

Monday, members attended the annual Grow North meeting to share their ideas with local business owners in the area.

"I hope that it gives people an opportunity to network," said Oldham.

Two speakers spoke about how to retain and inspire young talent in the area.

Governor Scott Walker spoke at the meeting.

"If you build it they will come. If you build a strong work force in our schools it means with our fab labs..it means building off of youth entrepreneurships," said Walker.

Walker said a big focus on building the workforce should be on attracting millennials to the Northwoods.

"Graduates from our high schools have to have a reason to come back. They have to have careers not just jobs that are out there," said Walker.

Walker also spoke about the 28 companies chosen to do initial construction on the gigantic Foxconn manufacturing plant in southeast Wisconsin.

One of those 28 is located in Marathon County.
No companies headquartered north of there in the state will work on the initial phase.

"Sixty of the 72 counties saw an impact. And I imagine by the time each of the phases are completed all 72 will benefit," said Walker.

Walker says this is only phase one of many for the manufacturing plant.

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BEAVER DAM (AP) - Wisconsin Democratic voters are getting nervous over their large field of candidates running for governor.

The primary isn't until Aug. 14. No one has emerged as the clear front-runner ahead of next weekend's state convention. And no one is showing signs of dropping out.

Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Scott Walker is stockpiling resources and is in the middle of a $1.4 million TV ad campaign where he's run three ads unopposed touting his record.

Democrat Denise Hutchison, of Green Bay, says she hopes the field will narrow. She's optimistic that may happen after this weekend's state Democratic Party convention. But she also thinks whoever wins the primary will get the full support of Democratic voters.

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MADISON (AP) - \Wisconsin dairy farmers have broken their streak of year-over-year production increases.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin farmers produced about 2.5 billion pounds of milk last month, down 0.6 percent from 2017.

Bob Cropp is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the slowdown in production is good for milk prices. Prices have been low for three straight years because of an abundance of milk on the market.

The USDA report says there were 5,000 fewer cows in the state compared to last year.

Darin Von Ruden is president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. He says farms that remained open faced cold and snowy conditions this spring.

Cropp says some experts believe milk prices may reach $17 per 100 pounds by November.

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RHINELANDER - Some people bought a brat Saturday in support of a Northwoods organization. Wild Instincts held a brat sale fundraiser outside of Trig's in Rhinelander.

Volunteers sold brats, hot dogs, and even veggie dogs for the sale. 

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RHINELANDER - Dozens of people geared up for golf with top of the line, professional golfing equipment at Northwood Golf Club in Rhinelander Saturday.

The annual demo day let people try out the best clubs, grips and hedges on the market.

General Manager Kyle Christian says it's a great way to bring tourists to Rhinelander.

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MILWAUKEE - Law enforcement officers are looking for 25-year-old inmate Tasir Bhatti who escaped from the Marshall Sherrer Correctional Center in Milwaukee. 

Bhatti was serving a five-year sentence for drug charges. The Department of Corrections reported the inmate's escape to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office and the Milwaukee Police Department.

Bhatti is 5'9, 179 lbs., and has brown hair and eyes. Anyone with information regarding Bhatti's location should immediately contact law enforcement. 

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TOWN OF RINGLE - Emergency responders got a report of a garage fire around 12:43 a.m. Saturday morning in the Town of Ringle according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Office.

When firefighters arrived to the 11000 block of Oasis Drive, the unattached garage was engulfed in flames. The sheriff's office reports the garage, which was used as a workshop, is a total loss. 

Ringle Fire, along with Wausau Fire, Easton Fire, and SAFER Fire, were able to extinguish the fire before the home became totally involved. But the side of the home does have significant damage.

The fire department and sheriff's office are investigating the cause of the fire. 

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CRANDON - Crandon High School honored dozens of students on Thursday as part of its Student of the Year Awards.

For the eighth year, teachers at the school were asked to select a student who excelled in their class.

This year's winners include:

Math: Claudia Krueger, Drew Boney, Jacob Wilson, Jordan Kalata, Hallie Henrie, Lindsay Littleton, Kilie Kramer

Social Studies: Allyson Stepper, Jonathon Strzyz, Jordan Brooks, Elizabeth Conway, Devon Evans, Erika Kern, Mc Kenna Jensen, Maddi Stroik, Lindsay Littleton

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