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Two-in-One: How Park Falls Small Businesses Succeed Through Creativity

For many small businesses in the Northwoods, offering one product or service just doesn’t cut it anymore. Especially during a global pandemic, doing two things at once is often a necessity for survival. That’s on display in Park Falls, where last Wednesday, Linda Bukachek filled a pitcher with heated wax in a back room at Patchouli Garden. It’s the first step in a candle-making process she’s repeated over and over. Bukachek next adds ingredients, color, and fragrances to the wax. Then, she...

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Data obtained by The Associated Press shows Postal Service districts across the nation are missing the agency’s own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail.

The lag times are especially pronounced in key regions of some battleground states, where delivery times are below the national average.

That raises the possibility that scores of mailed ballots could miss deadlines for reaching local election offices if voters wait too long.

A federal judge said Wednesday he won’t rule before the election on a lawsuit that challenged a state law requiring college student IDs to have an expiration date in order for them to be used for voter ID.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson canceled a hearing he had scheduled Thursday morning in the case, less than six weeks before the election in the hotly contested battleground state.

Peterson said he didn’t want to cause “chaos and confusion” by ruling in the case so close to the election, noting that absentee voting is already underway.

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In a normal summer, there is some type of festival or event just about every weekend in the Northwoods.

Streets are blocked off. Music fills the town. Rows of open tents line the streets and sidewalks. You can find everything from handmade soaps to photographs of Wisconsin landscapes to intricately designed wood carvings.

Of course, this summer has been anything but normal and those events were largely canceled.

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For many small businesses in the Northwoods, offering one product or service just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Especially during a global pandemic, doing two things at once is often a necessity for survival.

That’s on display in Park Falls, where last Wednesday, Linda Bukachek filled a pitcher with heated wax in a back room at Patchouli Garden.

It’s the first step in a candle-making process she’s repeated over and over. Bukachek next adds ingredients, color, and fragrances to the wax. Then, she carefully pours it into a dozen candle molds.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final aviation accident report for the Ascension Spirit Air Helicopter crash in Hazelhurst more than two years ago.

Three people died in the crash.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of the crash to be the pilot’s fatigue.

On April 26, 2018, the Ascension Spirt Air medical helicopter was returning to its base in Woodruff after dropping off a patient in Madison around 9:00 that night.

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 Eagle River Light & Water utility has filed an application with the state Public Service Commission  (PSC) for an overall electric rate increase of 7.47% or $234,847 according to a report by utility manager Mike Sanborn to the Light & Water Commission last week.

 

  “The requested adjustment is due to our inflationary increases in operational and maintenance expenses and costs in maintaining the electric distribution system,” according to Sanborn, noting the last rate increase was approved February, 2017.”

Ginseng Farmers Eligible For Increased Pandemic Aid

Sep 23, 2020
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Last week the USDA announced an expanded Coronavirus Food Assistance Program that will provide up to $14 billion to farmers and ranchers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The expansion now includes ginseng farmers.

"It's encouraging that the federal government cares about ginseng farmers even though we're a small, very small industry," said Will Hsu of Hsu's Ginseng.

Back in January, when coronavirus was just touching down at major U.S. airports, Hsu was already expressing concerns about an impact to his market.

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David Collins, a student fulfilling a writing assignment in Ocie Kilgus’s English Comp class at Nicolet College, was curious about a bank robbery that took place in Laona during the 1950s. As it turns out, the robbery had an unusual twist. 

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A limited number of marijuana businesses will be able to open up shop in Ironwood.

The city recently passed an ordinance outlining what the marijuana industry could look like in the city.

Michigan legalized recreational cannabis in November 2018.

In the nearly two years since then, the City of Ironwood has been working on a marijuana business ordinance.

Oneida County Sheriff's Office

A Rhinelander man charged with trafficking of a child appeared in Marathon County Court Tuesday.

Paul Osterman, 34, was arrested Monday after a two-year investigation.

Court documents show a history of messages on the “Meet Me” app of a man using a variety of names. There 11 different incidents where the man tells the person he’s messaging he can pay a lot of money if they can get him a “much younger girl.”

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