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Employed is a WXPR weekly reporting series focused on how the landscape of living, playing, and working in the Northwoods is changing.

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Crazy Home Markets. New Direct Flights. Everyone, It Seems, Wants to Come North.

Realtor Lisa Alsteen shows off the features of a century-old four-bedroom house near the courthouse in Rhinelander. Painted blue on the outside, it has wood floors, a sunny living room, and an inviting porch in front. Alsteen listed the home, located at 133 North Oneida Avenue, on Monday. By midday Tuesday, several potential buyers had already been though for showings. She expected an offer wouldn't take long. That's typical these days. Last spring, the demand for Northwoods homes shot skyward,

Crazy Home Markets. New Direct Flights. Everyone, It Seems, Wants to Come North.

Inspire Rhinelander Seeks to Connect Students to Careers in Local Workforce

Population projections show our area is rapidly aging. In 20 years, about a third of the population in the Northwoods will be age 65 or older. That promises to put even more strain on employers seeking people to fill jobs, and many of those employers are already struggling to find enough workers. But despite those trends, a new program in the School District of Rhinelander might help fill the gap for employers and their future workers. "It's clear that there is a tremendous need for staff and

Inspire Rhinelander Seeks to Connect Students to Careers in Local Workforce

School-Sponsored eSports Boom as Place for Involvement, Teamwork, Even Scholarships

On Wednesday afternoon, Zach Suchomel strategized with his four teammates in advance of a match of Smite, an online battle arena game. He suggested characters to use and to block as part of the game, each calculation aimed to give Tomahawk High School a better chance to beat Two Rivers High School . Suchomel is a junior at Tomahawk and one of the leaders of the school's eSports team. With their hands on controllers, eyes on the screen of a gaming computer, and mouths constantly communicating

School-Sponsored eSports Boom as Place for Involvement, Teamwork, Even Scholarships

The Pandemic Forced Farms, Restaurants to Offer Online Ordering. They Don't Regret It.

On Tuesday morning, Brendan Tuckey was putting the finishing touches on a germination incubator he built at his farm in Sugar Camp. The chamber, about the size of a large locker, is heated to help vegetable seeds begin to sprout in the spring. It will get its first use in the coming weeks. Tuckey and his wife Jenny own EverGood Farm, an organic vegetable farm serving the Northwoods. Most years, they sell much of what they grow at local farmer's markets. But as the pandemic spread last spring,

The Pandemic Forced Farms, Restaurants to Offer Online Ordering. They Don't Regret It.

Chainsaw Carver, Coffee Bar Offer Template for Innovation Success at The GRID

Nathan Nuszkiewicz's paintbrush is a chainsaw. His canvas is a tree or a massive wood slab. On Monday, he was outside his Rhinelander home and shop, working on a woodcarving to go on a roof peak at a customer's home. "It's going to be a whole scene, where we've got the trees and the sky and the clouds and the sunset in the middle, and then, through that, there's going to be an actual six- to six-and-a-half foot eagle flying out over the trees," he explained. Nathan's wife and business partner,

Chainsaw Carver, Coffee Bar Offer Template for Innovation Success at The GRID

DNR Forestry's Fresh Look: a Rhinelander Headquarters and a New Chief State Forester

Heather Berklund never envisioned herself as the Chief State Forester. She had worked for the DNR forestry division for two decades in the Northwoods, but didn't have her mind set on the top job. "I would say it was never on my radar that I would ever be talking to you in this role or be in this position," Berklund said on a recent interview, conducted while snowshoeing through the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest near Woodruff. But hard work and dedication paid off, and the DNR

DNR Forestry's Fresh Look: a Rhinelander Headquarters and a New Chief State Forester

Local Casinos Open Again, But Tribal Economies Took Pandemic 'Nosedive'

At Mole Lake Casino near Crandon, a machine greets visitors even before a person does. After visitors lower their faces to a camera, the machine scans their forehead, offering an automated invitation to advance if their temperature is below 100.4 degrees. A security guard checks for mask wearing and asks some health questions before allowing entry to the casino floor. The sights of the flashing lights and sounds of slot machine jingles are familiar. But there's something else, too, the faint

Local Casinos Open Again, But Tribal Economies Took Pandemic 'Nosedive'

Preserving Better Times at a Northwoods Clock Shop

It was 1957, and Rhinelander's Leona Forth laid eyes on Marv Schumacher for the first time. "That's how we met, on a blind date," she said. "That was it." She knew right away. The outgoing, smiling, happy man would become her life partner. "He was the most generous," Leona said. "He was the best guy in the world." The couple took over Leona's family business, running Forth Floral for decades. On their 25 th wedding anniversary, they bought themselves a treat. "This guy was selling clocks. We

Repurposing the Past: How Historic Buildings Look to Spark Growth in Mellen, Merrill

The words "Mellen State Bank" are etched into the sandstone façade over which Jeff Peters ran his right hand on Tuesday. "It feels like history," he said. "It almost feels like the history of connecting this area." Those carved words and the one-story façade look just like they did when the Mellen State Bank opened in 1902. The sandstone was quarried on Basswood Island in the Apostle Islands, the same sandstone used to build fashionable brownstone homes in East Coast cities. But the building

Repurposing the Past: How Historic Buildings Look to Spark Growth in Mellen, Merrill

An Ojibwe Arts and Culture 'Renaissance,' Thanks to Online Pandemic Connections

Pandemics are nothing new to Ojibwe people. Neither are isolation or cold winters. "Long ago, the arts and crafts, they kept our people from going stir-crazy," said Greg Johnson, a Lac du Flambeau artist. "Our culture was definitely there for us. It's almost like insurance for bad times." The current pandemic has put that spirit on display for Ojibwe artists. It has led to a resurgence in cultural exchange, Johnson said. A glance at traditional moccasins being produced and dances being taught

An Ojibwe Arts and Culture 'Renaissance,' Thanks to Online Pandemic Connections

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