Businesses reminded to check out county loan resources

Existing businesses who want to expand and entrepreneurs who plan to start a new business in Florence County can apply for small business loans through the Florence County Economic Development office. There are two different loan programs: the Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF) and the Gemstar Micro Loan Program. Each has slightly different terms and…

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One sentenced in CNR Cabins bust

Bobbie Samme’ A final pretrial was held in Florence County Court on April 10 for Amanda A. Ayers, 25, of Niagara. Ayers, charged with one felony count each of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine, and possession of THC, second offense, appeared in court with her attorney, Henry McRoberts. For the…

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Committee works to identify most pressing courthouse renovation needs

The Forest County Executive/Building Committee hosted a brief tour of the old courthouse and the old county jail to show citizens the various areas which need to be renovated. Richard D. Ackley, Jr. A crowd attended the Forest County Executive Building Committee meeting April 9 at 6 p.m. where the main topic of discussion was…

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Citizens United for Education moving ahead with more recalls

Dorothy Kegley The recall information presented to Nadine Westimayer, was signed in the wrong place, according to Tim Reeder, spokesman for the group during a meeting at the Crandon Public Library April 12.  Reeder said he was informed by the school that the paperwork was sent to the school attorney to see if it was…

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Think spring: Reserve your Community Garden bed

Evelyn Vassar prepares a bed for spring planting. With all the cold and snow lately, it doesn’t seem like spring at all, yet planting time is truly around the corner. I promise! Are you interested in growing fresh vegetables in a raised bed with rich soil, water and fencing to exclude deer and rabbits? Then…

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Florence alum named Officer of the Year in Two Rivers

Two Rivers Police Department Chief Joe Collins, left, presents Nate Steber with the Officer of the Year award. Nate Steber, a 2009 Florence High School graduate, and full-time police officer with the Two Rivers Police Department, received the distinguished Officer of the Year Award at a banquet held on April 7 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.…

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New tariffs on Canadian newsprint hitting home

Dorothy Kegley The U.S. Department of Commerce upped the tariff on Canadian newsprint by approximately 30 percent last month, and that’s hitting small newspapers and printers very hard. Canada furnishes most of the newsprint for the United States, according to Rod Christensen, President and CEO of Christensen Printing and Publishing in Shawano. The company runs…

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Divide deepens between Crandon school board and Citizens United

Dorothy Kegley School Board President Brian Tupper, took aim at the spokesman of the Citizens United for Education, Tim Reeder, during the Crandon School Board meeting Monday night April 9. This came after Jeff Albrecht and Tim Reeder addressed the board and presented Nadine Westimayer with recall paperwork. For the full story, see this week’s…

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Sheriff’s Department taps Zuecher Technologies for new 911 system

Dorothy Kegley       The Forest County Sheriff’s Department 911 system is one step closer to reality. Josh Bradley, Jason Thuene and James Whiteaker met with the personnel, executive and finance committees on April 2. They presented their recommendation for Zuecher Technologies to purchase and install the new 911 system. The new system needs to…

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School districts and libraries encouraged to apply for grants by May 4 deadline

Governor Scott Walker today announced Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) grants are now available to eligible school districts and libraries as a way to enhance the role of information technology in student learning and achievement, and to enhance the role libraries and librarians play in support of education. Administered by the Department of Administration (DOA)…

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