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The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery

Ellsworth Dairy Cooperative is based in the Heart of Wisconsin's Dairyland in the town of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, and was proclaimed the "Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin " by Governor Anthony S. Earl in 1984. Our 450 proud dairy farm family owners live near Ellsworth, throughout Wisconsin, and into Minnesota.

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Strong Home Sales, Limited Housing Supply Drive Wisconsin Housing Market Monday, April 24, 2017, 3:10pm By Brady Carlson The latest Wisconsin real estate figures show continued growth in...
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Posted on Apr 26, 2017
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Whether you can’t live without your dog and best friend or you depend on livestock for your livelihood, animal health and wellbeing is important. MAI...
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Posted on Apr 24, 2017
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, April 21, 2017    BLS Data: Wisconsin Ranks 15th in Nation in Manufacturing Growth Rate Year-Over-Year, Outpacing All Neighboring States MADISON – Department of Workforce...
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Posted on Apr 21, 2017
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Dr. Carl Calabrese wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. In fact, he didn’t even decide he wanted to become a...
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Posted on Apr 20, 2017
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A new bill at the state Capitol would let robots take to the sidewalks to make customer deliveries across the state.  An Assembly committee meeting yesterday...
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Posted on Apr 19, 2017
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Sláinte. A fitting saying for the Swinging Bridge Brewing Company. It means “health” in Irish Gaelic. Paired with the word mhaith, it translates to “good...
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Posted on Apr 19, 2017
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Startups, and the entrepreneurs that drive them, are a critical component of Wisconsin’s economic success. From the corner hardware store to the booming high-tech bioscience company,...
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Posted on Apr 18, 2017
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If you hear “economics” and immediately think about crunching numbers, visit the University of Wisconsin River Falls. They have made economics so much more by...
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Posted on Apr 17, 2017
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CHIPPEWA FALLS — The good news is Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is about 3.7 percent, said Ray Allen, secretary of the state Department of Workforce Development.  The...
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Posted on Apr 17, 2017
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?Veterans Employment Grant Program The State of Wisconsin works to connect veterans with good, family-supporting jobs. One way we do that is by supporting those businesses...
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Posted on Apr 13, 2017
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Entrepreneurs are welcome to attend Startup Weekend April 7-9 at University Research Park, organizers announced recently. Similar to past years, the three-day event will give entrepreneurs the basics...
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Posted on Apr 13, 2017
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The annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest has always been a canary in a high-tech coal mine, chirping out alerts about the kinds of businesses...
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Posted on Apr 11, 2017
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Do you need a job? Are you looking to hire but can’t find the right talent? The Jobs Center of Wisconsin is here to help....
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Posted on Apr 10, 2017
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By Gretta Stark on Apr 6, 2017 at 12:29 p.m.       The St. Croix Valley Business Incubator will be located in Sterling Ponds Corporate Park.  RIVER FALLS...
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Posted on Apr 07, 2017
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Veterans and their immediate family members can receive up to $500 for the Wisconsin SBDC Network’s Entrepreneurship Training Program, thanks to a state grant and...
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Posted on Apr 06, 2017
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Agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are the "Holy Trinity" of the Wisconsin economy and may always be so, given the state’s tradition of excellence in all...
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Posted on Apr 04, 2017
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Do you need flyers created for your business? Are you looking for business cards, banners for a grand opening, direct mail pieces, or other marketing...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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Backers Say Deal With CN Will Open Up New Markets For Regional Businesses Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 8:00am By Danielle Kaeding Members of a new cargo partnership in...
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Posted on Mar 30, 2017
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Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 (table 1), according to the "third" estimate...
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Posted on Mar 30, 2017
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WEDC assistance to help Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery ramp up production of its world-famous cheese curds State tax credits support expansion of co-op in Wisconsin’s “Cheese...
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Posted on Mar 30, 2017
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The March 2017 edition of the St. Croix Valley Economic Dashboard has been released by the Center for Economic Research (CER) at UW-River Falls, in...
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Posted on Mar 29, 2017
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The Waverly Grade School (grades 1-8 with 36 students) is where Harriet Lansing spent her early years. When rural schools were consolidated in the late...
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Posted on Mar 29, 2017
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Are you looking to expand your knowledge? Do you want to grow as a business owner, executive or individual? Sometimes the best educational opportunities come...
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Posted on Mar 27, 2017
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The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner resembled a scene from the Roaring 20s — fitting, as the theme was “Puttin’ on the...
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Posted on Mar 22, 2017
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There is a lot of work available in Prescott, Ellsworth, and Pierce County as a whole. What’s lacking is enough skilled workers to fill these...
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Posted on Mar 20, 2017
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La Crosse… The Idea Fund of La Crosse I, LP (IFOLC) announced today that it has held the initial close of its fund and that...
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Posted on Mar 15, 2017
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You may never use a hammer and nails at your business but you will need other tools to get set up, manage your company, and...
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Posted on Mar 13, 2017
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3/13/2017  Kristina LeVan, Wisconsin Department of Tourism klevan@TravelWisconsin.com; Work Cell: 608-332-4551  Lisa Marshall, Wisconsin Department of Tourism lmarshall@TravelWisconsin.com; Work Cell: 608-445-0267  Travel Wisconsin is taking its brand of "real fun"...
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Posted on Mar 13, 2017
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Rate Is Lowest Its Been Since 2001; National Rate For January Is 4.8 Percent Thursday, March 9, 2017, 3:40pm By Shawn Johnson Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped to 3.9...
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Posted on Mar 09, 2017
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The Certified In Wisconsin® Program, offered in partnership by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Deloitte Consulting, is accepting new applications from property owners. The program...
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Posted on Mar 08, 2017
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Do you like cheese? If so, you may have eaten cheese produced by Ellsworth Creamery. A booming local business, they produce everything from artisan cheeses...
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Posted on Mar 06, 2017
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Wisconsin companies exported $21.2 billion worth of products to sellers outside the United States in 2016, a dip of about 6 percent from the previous...
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Posted on Mar 05, 2017
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MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the state's Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages (QCEW) covering the third quarter of...
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Posted on Mar 02, 2017
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Communities Feel The Pinch Of Construction Costs And Budget Cuts Thursday, March 2, 2017, 8:25am By Shawn Johnson There's a road in the western Wisconsin town of Northfield...
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Posted on Mar 02, 2017
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To launch a successful technology startup, entrepreneurs are often faced with a series of challenges. They must secure funding, create a business plan and tap...
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Posted on Mar 01, 2017
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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - It's the country's largest educational event on organic agriculture.  Lauren Langworthy, Events and Education Specialist and Conference Coordinator at MOSES said it's...
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Posted on Feb 27, 2017
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Development-ready property designation helps attract new commercial projects MADISON, WI. Feb. 14, 2017—The Certified In Wisconsin® Program, offered in partnership by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation...
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Posted on Feb 15, 2017
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WEDC is currently authorized to issue loans under its Business Opportunity Loan Fund, though that authority will go away in June under the 2015-17 budget.  Walker's...
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Posted on Feb 15, 2017
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By Youssef Rddad on Feb 13, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Everyone needs socks, but for those who are homeless, a new pair can sometimes be hard...
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Posted on Feb 14, 2017
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Republican lawmakers are circulating a bill to expand broadband service in underserved parts of the state. MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are circulating a bill...
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Posted on Feb 14, 2017
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Two years after phasing out the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s loan program in the wake of a scathing audit and several bad deals, Gov. Scott...
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Posted on Feb 13, 2017
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Audit Found Cost Of 16 Ongoing Projects Has Increased By $3B Thursday, January 26, 2017, 10:45am By Laurel White An audit of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation released...
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Posted on Jan 30, 2017
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Survey Shows A Majority Expect Bullish New Year Thursday, December 29, 2016, 3:50pm By Kyla Calvert Mason Wisconsin bankers are optimistic the state's economy will grow in the...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
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Leaders from Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties will travel to the state capitol in Madison on Wednesday, February 8, for the annual Greater...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
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Get valuable early-stage feedback by entering the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest! The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
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Wisconsin YES! (Youth Entrepreneurs in Science) is a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor's Business Plan Contest. Public, private and homeschooled students...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
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Great things are happening in rural Wisconsin! Share your story with Wisconsin Rural Partners-now accepting nominations to recognize 2017 Top Rural Development Initiatives.   Any project, activity,...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

All kinds of encouraging news regarding the local business economy was presented Tuesday night to attendees at the annual meeting of the Pierce County Economic...
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Posted on Jan 26, 2017
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Legislation would pay Minnesotans for Wisconsin tax losses By Don Davis, Superior Telegram, Jan. 17, 2017 at 4:53 p.m. ST. PAUL—The Minnesota House Taxes Committee chairman is...
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Posted on Jan 19, 2017
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January 3, 2017 Survey predicts uptick in hiring, profitability during first half of 2017 MADISON – Wisconsin business leaders begin 2017 very optimistic about both the direction...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
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The road leading into the Pierce County Solid Waste Department was lined with trucks and trailers Monday, Dec. 5 as farmers waited to get a...
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Posted on Dec 29, 2016
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Construction plans for both the proposed Vista Croix development and the new plant of Diversified Manufacturing Company (DMC) were approved by the Prescott City Council...
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Posted on Dec 28, 2016
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By Matthew Lambert Today at 7:33 a.m. ELLSWORTH -- Phyllis Beastrom might be one of the hardest working people in Pierce County.   She’s a mother, a wife,...
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Posted on Dec 28, 2016
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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is leading a global trade venture to Canada from April 30 to May 5, 2017, with stops in Toronto...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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The contest helps connect innovators throughout the state with resources, mentoring and prospective sources of capital to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage to set...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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A new grant program offering financial assistance for rural economic development has been announced by Governor Scott Walker. At his Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit last...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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When Mark Hogan took the reins at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. last year, the state’s job-creation agency was under siege. Democrats were calling for an...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Rural America was thrown a Depression lifeline in the 1930s when the federal government rallied to spread electric power across farm country. Not long after came...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Two rural Ellsworth residents are reopening a produce business that started because of one thing: boredom. After previously leasing a greenhouse in Prescott for a couple...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Nick Halter, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Dec 19, 2016, 3:45pm (See Correction/Clarification at end of article) The former St. Croix Meadows Dog Track in Hudson, Wis., could...
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Posted on Dec 20, 2016
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Thomas Content , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 12:04 p.m. CST December 3, 2016 Nearly 100,000 rural Wisconsin residents will be receiving $50 vouchers from the state if...
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Posted on Dec 15, 2016
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Surrounded by members of the Malone Student Council, Malone Parent Group and Prescott School District Employees, Representatives from Nestlé Purina’s Hager City, Wisconsin manufacturing facility...
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Posted on Dec 14, 2016
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Companies that get public assistance and then cut or relocate jobs outside the state would be subject to stricter reporting requirements under a proposal to...
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Posted on Dec 12, 2016
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Companies that get public assistance and then cut or relocate jobs outside the state would be subject to stricter reporting requirements under a proposal to...
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Posted on Dec 12, 2016
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Representative Petryk named "Legislator of the Year" by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce   From left to right: Lee Markquart, Jeff Smith (Owner at Erv Smith), Mark Seyer...
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Posted on Dec 09, 2016
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12/5/2016  Though economists warn against reading too much into the figures, the number of people getting laid off in the state has dropped sharply from last...
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Posted on Dec 05, 2016
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11/30/2016  Contact: Tom Still or Angela Schlobohm at 608-442-7557  To learn more, visit: www.govsbizplancontest.com   MADISON – The 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online...
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Posted on Dec 01, 2016
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Contact: Eric Skrum, Wisconsin Bankers Association 608/441-1216 or (c) 608/445-6430 eskrum@wisbank.com  "Wisconsin banks continue to show confidence in the economy through stable, steady growth according to the latest...
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Posted on Nov 29, 2016
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Nov 22 2016 MADISON, Wis. – This evening, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction in the...
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Posted on Nov 22, 2016
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DATCP NEWS RELEASE: Scammers Dangle Gift Cards as Clickbait Release Date:  November 23, 2016 Media Contact:  Jerad Albracht, Senior Communications Specialist, 608-224-5007 or Bill Cosh, Communications Director,...
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Posted on Nov 22, 2016
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If he’s lucky, he won’t have to work a day in his life. At least, that’s how the saying goes and that’s what the Pierce...
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Posted on Nov 20, 2016
Category: Awards and Recognition

Dr. Dan Connors considers himself not just a lucky man, but one who has been richly blessed by Spring Valley and surrounding communities. The dentist recently...
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Posted on Nov 20, 2016
Category: Healthcare

For the past three years, Lisa Mueller has been mixing produce and turning ingredients from her farm into popular recipes to enjoy. After farming for 22...
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Posted on Nov 20, 2016
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“Agriculture plays a big role in Pierce County,” said Pierce County Dairy Promotion Committee chairperson Dale Hines. “There’s a strong infrastructure in Pierce County for...
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Posted on Nov 20, 2016
Category: Agriculture

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new report says Wisconsin is the second most active state in the nation for small business activity, one place higher...
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Posted on Nov 18, 2016
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The Prescott City Council gave final approval to plans for new business to re-locate in the TIF No. 5 district on the outskirts of Prescott...
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Posted on Nov 15, 2016
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Wisconsin is Working YouTube Video Wisconsin is working. In fact, more people are employed this year than at any time in the history of our state....
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Posted on Nov 10, 2016
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To help Wisconsin Companies reach new markets MADISON, WI. Nov. 8, 2016–The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) invites representatives from Wisconsin companies to join a trade...
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Posted on Nov 09, 2016
Category: International

By Lisa Erickson, Falcon News Service, UW-River Falls, November 2, 2016 Three counties in western Wisconsin are among the fastest growing in the state, and they...
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Posted on Nov 03, 2016
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If you think you’re having trouble making sense of this year’s presidential election, imagine being a visitor to the United States this fall. About three-dozen people...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
Category: Economy

A special use permit application for the Prescott Food Pantry’s potential new location was the talk of the night at the Oct. 10 Prescott City...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
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“Simple wearables” is how Anita Otteson describes the handcrafted jewelry she designs in her Prescott studio. A & E Designs, located at 720 St. Croix St....
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
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While the vice-presidential debate was going on, the Spring Valley Village Board trustees had their own debates Tuesday, Oct. 4. First, Cedar Corporation outlined the site...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
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Preparing for a future when broadband becomes nearly as commonplace as electricity, AT&T envisions high-speed internet delivered over power lines in rural Wisconsin. Next year, the...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
Category: Infrastructure

GRETCHEN EHLKE Associated Press  MILWAUKEE — As the trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership has taken a pounding on the presidential campaign trail, at least...
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Posted on Oct 26, 2016
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced $1.5 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to the Wisconsin Department of...
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Posted on Oct 26, 2016
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The Prescott City Council approved spending in TIF (Tax-Incremental Financing) District No. 5 during its most recent meeting Monday evening to help a business located...
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Posted on Oct 14, 2016
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WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan says a big focus of the agency in his second year on the job will be trying to "figure...
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Posted on Oct 11, 2016
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Welcome to a new episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," a twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues.  MADISON – This episode of “WisBusiness.com: The...
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Posted on Oct 11, 2016
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WEDC: Wins international award for economic development 9/29/2016  Contact: Mark Maley, 608-210-6706 mark.maley@wedc.org  The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has received two awards of excellence from the International Economic...
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Posted on Oct 03, 2016
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As winner of the first and only “Cinderella of the World” pageant in Madison 50 years ago, Cheryl Johnson Ludecke was lavished with gifts including...
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Posted on Oct 03, 2016
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RIVER FALLS -- A new face will be coming to downtown River Falls. Construction begins in October at 122 S. Main Street for what owner and...
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Posted on Sep 27, 2016
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By Sarah Young MAIDEN ROCK/STOCKHOLM -- Two of the most creative villages along Wisconsin’s Great River Road are combining their artistic forces for a special “Meander...
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Posted on Sep 26, 2016
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By Rick Barrett of the Journal Sentinel Three telecom companies will receive more than $570 million in government subsidies to expand fast Internet service in rural...
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Posted on Sep 20, 2016
Category: broadband internet

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-River Falls will be offering an Entrepreneurial Training Program beginning Oct. 12 to prepare potential entrepreneurs to start...
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Posted on Sep 14, 2016
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ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery recently announced an expansion to the Ellsworth production facility will soon get underway and continue through early 2017. Construction trailers...
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Posted on Sep 07, 2016
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Posted on Apr 17, 2017
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