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Employment in Polk County has increased beyond pre-recession levels. But signs of poverty persist. Full article  
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Posted on Oct 21, 2017
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It started small, with a meal “paid forward” in the drive-thru last summer. But a recipient of that stranger’s gift, a 5-year-old Osceola boy named...
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Posted on Oct 20, 2017
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The owners of Lucky Panda joined the Osceola Historical Society earlier this summer in celebrating River Rails and Trails Days. The Spitzer Building — one...
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Posted on Oct 18, 2017
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The River City Dance Company opened a dance studio on Sept. 6 at 132 North Washington Street in St. Croix Falls.  The owner, Sheryl Baker, started her...
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Posted on Oct 17, 2017
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It was just two days that was more than two months in the making. But to the residents and businesses featured during WCCO TV’s final...
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Posted on Oct 16, 2017
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Wisconsin is full of people and organization dedicated to economic development and making our state the best place to live, own a business or to...
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Posted on Oct 16, 2017
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It’s often been said that newspapers record the first draft of history for a community. For over 125 years, the Amery Free Press has been...
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Posted on Oct 14, 2017
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The sun has set on Amery’s long-vacant ALCO building. Gustafson Excavating out of North Branch, Minn. began demolition on the structure September 5. The site is...
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Posted on Oct 13, 2017
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The set of buildings being developed on Second Street in Hudson near the I-94 entrance will likely be completed by the end of October, welcoming...
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Posted on Oct 12, 2017
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In the old home of Fiesta Loca at 131 Carmichael Road, a new Mexican restaurant is looking to bring authentic food to Hudson. "We're continuing that...
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Posted on Oct 11, 2017
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In March, Jeff Volovsek of Hudson sat in a crowded room at the University of Wisconsin — River Falls and watched his son, John, pitch...
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Posted on Oct 09, 2017
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Business is booming in Wisconsin and now is the perfect time to locate here and catch the wave. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has launched...
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Posted on Oct 09, 2017
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Apple Crisp, Golden Delicious, Gala, just to name a few. These apples can be found on the 30-acre farm in El Paso Township, where new ownership...
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Posted on Oct 06, 2017
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Street tacos with shrimp, pork belly, fish, steak, or chicken. Bacon cheeseburger wontons. Smoked brisket. And we haven't even gotten to breakfast yet. These are a...
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Posted on Oct 05, 2017
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CREATE A PROFILE Statewide, online sourcing tool is free and allows opportunity to showcase full capabilities The statewide Supply Chain Marketplace has unveiled a Foxconn-specific directory for...
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Posted on Oct 05, 2017
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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) provided an overview of supply chain (contract vendor) opportunities associated with Foxconn Technology Group at the Cashman Conference Center, WITC-New Richmond...
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Posted on Oct 03, 2017
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If you own a business and need temporary or gap financing, you may not find it at the bank. You could, however, receive capital from...
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Posted on Oct 02, 2017
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If you are a rock-hound, get in the car and head to Wyoming. Our state really rocks and for thousands of reasons. In Wyoming, the...
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Posted on Oct 02, 2017
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People determine their own happiness. But how content we are with life is not only and always a matter of perspective. And it’s certainly not...
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Posted on Oct 01, 2017
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“About 20 years ago, it was seen as really important to be strategic rather than tactical,” says neuroscientist Tara Swart. But advances in her field,...
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Posted on Sep 29, 2017
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Cheese. Cold winters. Packers. When people in other parts of the country think of Wisconsin, those are some of the main ideas that come to mind,...
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Posted on Sep 27, 2017
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Two Wisconsin businesses, including one from the Chippewa Valley, are being invited to the White House for a roundtable on small business. Jeff Dykes is with...
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Posted on Sep 26, 2017
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After a 10-year hiatus, Wiscsonsin Indianhead Technical College is bringing back the Selling Principles class this coming fall. Several business owners had lamented that local sales...
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Posted on Sep 26, 2017
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Expanding community services, attracting new businesses, creating jobs, and generating opportunities takes the commitment of everyone. The West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is dedicated...
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Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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Opportunities can come out of the most unlikely of places. In Pepin, it looks to be out with the crops and in with the flowers. Tom...
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Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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MADISON, WI. – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is accepting applications from nonprofit and community-based organizations for a grant program designed to advance the statewide climate...
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Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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JANESVILLE, Wis. — Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services linemen, Bryon Gilles and Brett Pauly, joined volunteer line crews from 17 other Wisconsin electric cooperatives aiding in...
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Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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From the fourth-floor community room at software developer Jamf, employees can grab a local craft beer from the fridge, teleconference with mentors at Fortune 500...
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Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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How Wisconsin Landed Foxconn Remember the big one that got away? Wisconsin doesn’t. Landing the largest capital investment in state history has a way of erasing bad...
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Posted on Sep 24, 2017
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In honor of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's 150th anniversary this month, the Chippewa Herald has published a special commemorative section that looks back at...
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Posted on Sep 22, 2017
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CHIPPEWA FALLS — With the number of craft breweries in Wisconsin nearly doubling since 2011, opportunities exist for farmers to help meet the growing demand...
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Posted on Sep 21, 2017
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Imagine running or walking the streets at night lacking the appropriate reflective gear. A car is coming, but the driver can’t see you. Yaroslava Barmenkova and...
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Posted on Sep 20, 2017
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Polk County Wisconsin's first-ever Equine Assisted Therapy Center didn't just come together by chance. Two of the three founders had been contemplating the idea for...
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Posted on Sep 19, 2017
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Are you a landowner or developer in West Wisconsin? If so, finding the right buyer, partner or investor may be a challenge. To address this,...
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Posted on Sep 18, 2017
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The opening of the Hotel Osceola a century ago was heralded with a grand banquet and a front-page story in the Osceola Sun. The concrete and...
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Posted on Sep 18, 2017
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Upon stepping into Gullywubbles, customers are likely to notice the welcoming, kid-friendly environment — crafting tables sized for children, art supplies, accessories and jewelry for...
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Posted on Sep 15, 2017
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A variety of restaurants, downtown shops and the St. Croix River are some of the things that make Hudson great—and a new business is working...
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Posted on Sep 14, 2017
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There have been many stories and articles written about how an individual had a passion ever since they were a little kid and how they...
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Posted on Sep 13, 2017
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Catalyst Sports Medicine recently received the highest level of certification as a "Gold" Family Friendly Workplace from the United Way St. Croix Valley's Success by...
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Posted on Sep 12, 2017
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In an initiative aimed at addressing Wisconsin’s workforce development needs, all nine of the state’s regional economic development organizations are teaming up to develop a...
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Posted on Sep 11, 2017
Category: Workforce, Talent Development

Are you looking into colleges? Consider UW-Stout. Not only do they provide an incredible education in beautiful Wisconsin but they have a high job placement...
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Posted on Sep 11, 2017
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A crane lowers a metal roof truss into place at the new addition to Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland, Barron, in a photo taken last week....
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Posted on Sep 11, 2017
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Eau Claire has been selected to be the Green Flag City - or starting point - for the 11th season of the FIREBALL RUN, a...
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Posted on Sep 11, 2017
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As students return to classes at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls next month, first-year students within the College of Arts and Sciences will find themselves...
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Posted on Sep 10, 2017
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Over the past several years, numerous craft breweries, wineries and distilleries have surfaced on the landscape of west-central Wisconsin. We all know we’ve been blessed...
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Posted on Sep 09, 2017
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More rural areas will have access to internet via extension of fiber lines Lake Holcombe area resident and school board President Corey Grape said it can...
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Posted on Sep 09, 2017
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Wisconsin cranberry growers are so good at what they do they might have to put limits on production. The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association said he...
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Posted on Sep 08, 2017
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For a state rooted in adult beverages that are hops and barley born, the grape is finding its fair share of fans in a burgeoning...
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Posted on Sep 08, 2017
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Nearly 300 nominations. Over 20,000 votes. One winner. The 2016 Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest was undeniable popular with the Badger State. Harley Davidson–last...
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Posted on Sep 07, 2017
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Statewide expansion of web-based platform will enable local employers to engage directly with students and help build talent pipeline. In an initiative aimed at addressing Wisconsin’s...
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Posted on Sep 06, 2017
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Owners of commercial property should attend the Industrial Land Development Forum to learn how to prepare to sell or develop property. There is a great...
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Posted on Sep 06, 2017
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Securing a child’s academic success begins with choosing the right schools. But how can parents decide where best to enroll their kids? To determine the top-performing...
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Posted on Sep 05, 2017
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Royal Credit Union is more than a place to open a checking account, it’s the place you are likely to be greeted by name and...
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Posted on Sep 04, 2017
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Downtown Menomonie is getting a new hotel! This is exciting for downtown businesses and is sure to draw more tourist traffic to our fantastic downtown...
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Posted on Aug 28, 2017
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Minnesota company to occupy new facility in Osceola MADISON, WI. Aug. 18, 2017 – Kage Innovation LLC, which invents and manufactures custom snow removal and lawn...
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Posted on Aug 25, 2017
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With the second largest undergraduate dairy science program in the United States, UW-River Falls has established itself as an excellent university for those interested in...
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Posted on Aug 21, 2017
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Momentum West, WEDC, and other regional organizations launch statewide initiative to address workforce development needs Statewide expansion of web-based platform will enable local employers to...
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Posted on Aug 18, 2017
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The Stillwater Bridge construction is well underway between St. Joseph, WI and Oak Park Heights, MN. Over 350 workers were on the bridge project this...
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Posted on Aug 14, 2017
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If you think that you need to be in the big city to succeed in business, visit Neillsville, Wisconsin. Our community is rural and absolutely...
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Posted on Aug 07, 2017
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Spur for development Three Wisconsin communities could be affected by the bridge. The bridge enters the Wisconsin side at St. Joseph, with its rolling farmland dotted by...
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Posted on Aug 03, 2017
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Momentum West Nominated for Economic Development Award   The Lower Chippewa Valley in western Wisconsin is primed for growth.  Located immediately adjacent to Minneapolis and St. Paul,...
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Posted on Aug 01, 2017
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Going to college should not only be about preparing yourself for a specific trade or position. You should have the opportunity to explore your passions...
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Posted on Jul 31, 2017
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No matter where you look today, as we get smarter about making food choices, we see the movement back to real food. Whether it’s called whole,...
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Posted on Jul 31, 2017
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Wisconsin businesses will have the chance to spend one week in Tel Aviv to establish or expand their global reach. From Oct. 26 – Nov. 3,...
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Posted on Jul 31, 2017
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ALGOMA - In the middle of dairy country, Russ Fulwiler had a different beverage on his mind when he went to plant crops. Dairy farming and...
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Posted on Jul 31, 2017
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Israel has a population of 8.6 million and one of the world’s most highly educated workforces: it ranks fourth in the world (behind Canada, Russia...
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Posted on Jul 31, 2017
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Almost everyone can relate to the stress in throwing a big party. Buying every item that's necessary, the planning and even the worrying makes it...
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Posted on Jul 30, 2017
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After running Urban Olive and Vine for seven years, owner Kay Timm said something was still missing. "We were fulfilling our customers' need with olive oil...
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Posted on Jul 30, 2017
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The first of three new buildings is complete, situated at the gateway to downtown Hudson off Interstate 94. "We tried to retain the historic look to...
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Posted on Jul 30, 2017
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Under bright sunshine and before a large and enthusiastic crowd of supporters and contributors, the first shovels broke ground at the site of the forthcoming...
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Posted on Jul 29, 2017
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Co-op partnership builds donation of healthy food Local food co-op customers, farmers, and vendors provide healthy, locally grown, and organic foods to local food pantry. Menomonie Market...
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Posted on Jul 29, 2017
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 The plans for the former Kmart building in Chippewa Falls to become a U-Haul retail store and indoor storage unit center took a big step...
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Posted on Jul 29, 2017
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After this year’s Wisconsin Farm Technology Days wrapped last week, Jane Mueller can’t help but consider all the changes the industry and the event itself...
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Posted on Jul 29, 2017
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Where do you want your energy to come from? This is a question that very few energy providers ever ask. Xcel Energy is different. They...
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Posted on Jul 24, 2017
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The Chippewa Valley Board of Trustees on Thursday, June 15 approved a 2017-18 budget that provides for new programs and major building projects in Eau...
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Posted on Jul 17, 2017
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The Wisconsin Technical College System Board of Directors on Wednesday approved a $1.5 million addition to the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) campus at River...
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Posted on Jul 17, 2017
Category: Workforce

The construction of a spec building can be an expensive proposition with significant risk involved.  It can also be burdensome to the property owner, developer...
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Posted on May 22, 2017
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WEDC assistance to help Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery ramp up production of its world-famous cheese curds   MADISON, WI. March 30, 2017 – The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, which produces...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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Mills Fleet Farm to Construct New Distribution Center in Chippewa County, Wisconsin   Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) today announced the Ryan Companies purchased 70 acres...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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Careers, Technology on Display at Manufacturing Show CVTC annual event showcases modern industry   Eau Claire, WI – Cole Hill knows what he wants to do in a...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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Seminar:  Foundations of Food Exporting Thursday, April 20, 2017 Join Food Export–Midwest and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to become a more experienced...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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As part of Momentum West’s agreement with the Ignite WI board of directors, Momentum West is offering $1,500 grants to each of the ten counties...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
Category: Regional Report

Over the last few months we’ve focused on the progress being made with our regional talent initiative.  Things are still moving ahead with almost all...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Regional Report

WITC offers construction class in response to industry plea As part of its 50-year commitment to the communities it serves, WITC-New Richmond is responding to a...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Workforce Training

New CVTC Mechanical Design program approved Two apprenticeship programs also given nod by state WTCS board Eau Claire, WI – Mechanical Design will be making a comeback...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Workforce Training

Wisconsin Senate Levels the PLA-ing Field: Passes Bill to Minimize Cost of Public Works Construction Projects On February 8th, the Wisconsin Senate, along strict party lines...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Business News

WiFab Retreat: July 17-21, 2017 A retreat for educators, innovators and makers. Get inspired! 278 Jarvis Hall UW-Stout Menomonie, WI 54751   Learn more about this event here. For more information, contact Terese...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Regional News

All eight strategies developed as part of the regional talent initiative are off and running.  I’d like to acknowledge some of the folks that have...
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Posted on Feb 07, 2017
Category: Regional Report

On November 15th CREC, Momentum West and numerous regional partners rolled out the eight recommended initiatives for us to address current and pending talent challenges. ...
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Posted on Nov 29, 2016
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When Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) announced a year ago that its River Falls campus would be offering the first year of its Automation Engineering...
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Posted on Jun 02, 2017
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